Your Basic Movement Nutrition.
You probably are wondering, what I mean by that phrase — you don’t see that expression that often.
Nutrition can be defined as:
The process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth — that what probably comes to your mind, when you hear the word nutrition.
But nutrition also means nourishment, science that deals with nutrients necessary for life.
And even though our culture and food industry wants us to believe, that it’s all about food, that’s where you get your energy — you can live without food for more than a month, but you can’t live that long without some movement, believe it or not.
In fact, some Indian American tribes used to practice restricting movements torture techniques to kill people — when you force the body to not move, the body dies.
It dies, because your lymphatic system, that is in charge of deleting cell waste, an essential process for any living organism, lymphatic system can only be stimulated through physical movement or some breathing techniques, and when there is no stimulation, there is no cell waste removal (the lymph doesn’t have its pump, like heart for our circulatory system), and the cells start dying, suffocating in their own waste.
And that’s why movement is nourishment for our cells. Even more essential nourishment than food. Digesting food itself produces lots of waste, and if our elimination is not efficient, no food will help you to survive. Actually, the more food you have, the worse you’ll feel, if your cells do not have the capacity to eliminate efficiently.
Tony Robbins, the most energetic peak performance/transformational coach, talks a lot about movement, how our energy comes from movement, from stimulating our cells though variety of movement. His favorite exercise, and also NASA’s favorite, is bouncing on a mini trampoline, bouncing, that shakes the cells, that stimulates our lymphatic system the best, stimulates our mitochondria — energy producing plant, that each cell has.
Tony talks a lot about balancing, structural movements, bilateral balancing movements, that make opposite muscle groups work together, the kind of movement, that builds connections between neurons in our brain and body, movements like yoga, tai chi, dancing.
Dave Asprey, the world’s most famous biohacker, who also was a part of Tony Robbins’ Unleash the Power Within event, that I attended this weekend in New York, in his recent book Head Strong talks about different kinds of movement, that our body requires regularly for maximum vitality and energy, maximum health, mental and physical performance, longevity: resistance training, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), meaningful movement (by meaningful movement Dave means yoga, walking, swimming, tai chi and his personal favorite, standing on a vibrational platform).
And then there is NASA’s research, described in detail in Joan Vernikos’ book The G-Connection: Harness Gravity and Reverse Aging, (Joan Vernikos is a former director of NASA’s life sciences department), describing how immobility, lack of gravitational stimulation causes in astronauts premature aging — bone density decrease, muscle mass decrease, increased inflammation, screwed up metabolism and more. The same lack of gravitational stimulation causes on Earth all the epidemic disasters of modern civilization — obesity and diabetes, auto-immune conditions of all sorts, loss of bone density and muscle mass, brain health issues, silent inflammation, metabolic and hormonal disorders. All that can be prevented by being physically active, and it doesn’t mean an hour of exercise sitting on your rear end the rest of the day, it means micro movements throughout the day — every 30 minutes you got to change your position against gravity. If you sit, stand up, walk a bit, if you stand, squat, walk, stretch. Do change your position every 30 minutes, that what is truly essential! That makes immobile people walk! Just standing up every 30 minutes can do that! Can you imagine?!
And if you want to dig even deeper, there is research (Move Your DNA book) confirming, that we actually program our genes, our DNA, for certain expression of our genes by the way we move, by the variety, intensity, frequency, type of movements we engage in. And just like with food, variety is hugely important! Variety and frequency. Frequent movement throughout the day.
There is so much fascinating research coming out these days! One builds on top of the other!
It might seem confusing and complicated at first, but it’s not. The system you can work with is simple. I’ve been doing it for quite some time now, and I love the fact, that with much less work I get such amazing results — I look better, I’m the fittest I’ve been, it takes less time, I have more energy, I’m the strongest I’ve ever been, I’m the healthiest, my brain and memory work better and better and it’s all just keep getting better!
So what is the simple Movement Nutrition system based on all of that?
Move every 30 minutes against gravity: stand up, sit down, stretch, walk for a minute.
Once a week (or more) perform structural movement workout: yoga, tai chi, dance (bilateral, cross-brain kind of movements, great if it includes breathing practice to further stimulate your lymphatic system and removal of cell waste)
Once a week (or more) do HIIT training: sprint, do stair sprints, do Tabata training, more on the best HIIT research and sample workouts here.
Once a week (or more) do resistance training: gym, free weights or machines, body weight resistance training. Build that muscle!
Shake as often as possible to invigorate your cells’ waste removal system and to super-energize energy producing mitochondria: Tony Robbins’ mini-trampoline, Dave Asprey’s vibrational platform, or do jumping jacks or burpees daily! Or dance and shake that ass!!!
Simple. Try it, and see how much more energy smart movement can give you! You’ll feel high regularly! High on your natural energy!
Head Strong: The Bulletproof Plan to Activate Untapped Brain Energy to Work Smarter and Think Faster-in Just Two Weeks by Dave Asprey
The One-Minute Workout: Science Shows a Way to Get Fit That’s Smarter, Faster, Shorter by Martin Gibala
My Gym Fun this morning, WOD
Progress takes… pain!!!
Eat your greens! Daily!!!
My healthy gut’s bugs favorite food
You don’t get healthy and stay healthy.
HEALTH is a DAILY PRACTICE. One bite at a time.
Daily Bite of Health
TRY MOVEMENT NUTRITION SYSTEM FOR A WEEK