Original Human Movement is a movement to help modern people return to being human again. Taking us back to our roots to receive the nourishment we need to flourish. This is broken down into three main branches: movement, nutrition, and lifestyle. Moving, eating, and living in the way that allowed us homo sapiens to survive for a few hundred thousand years of evolution, is now a way for us to thrive.
For the majority of our time here on Earth, we had to either run down our meat sources to exhaustion, or sprint away from being another animal’s meat source. We had to climb trees for honey, safe living spaces, or to get a better view. We had to get down to ground level to forage our greens, remain undetected, or stalk prey. We had to move for our food. So naturally, we moved how we ate, and ate how we moved. We had to walk, crawl, balance, run, jump, climb, lift, carry, throw, catch, and swim for all of our resources. We had to fight for our lives, literally.
Today we can move a few fingers on a high tech rock and have food delivered straight to our temperature controlled, artificially lit cave. We outsourced our hunting & gathering to grocery stores, our lives to television, and our tribes to social media. We made big & comfy chairs, thick & stiff shoes, hard & flat floors, and wonder why we have bad posture, weak feet, and immobile joints. We made right angles everywhere and wonder why we can’t think outside of the box.
We see this, and some of us try “fitnessing” (to our detriment). We lift things up & put them down, run on rat wheels, and exercise to “feel the burn”. Muscle isolation, chronic cardio, and meaningless movement. Forging strong links next to weak ones, overuse, and under recovery. “Bad hips”, “bad knees”, “bad back”. They’re not “bad”, they’re responding exactly as expected to the given stimuli. Want a different result? Change the stimulus.
Oh yeah, and if you want to lose weight, be sure to portion control, take supplements, and “count those calories!”. Never mind just eating real food. Our ancestors are rolling over in their dirt piles. We have to over complicate everything. What ever happened to, “Keep it simple, stupid”?
I know, simple isn’t always easy though. Especially in modern times with modern conveniences. It’s not our fault, we’re just doing exactly what we’ve evolved to do, just not in the environment that we’ve evolved to do it in. There’s a difference between climbing a 60 ft tree for a bit of honey to share with the tribe once in awhile, and walking a couple steps from the car and downing 10x the amount of sugar diluted in water everyday.
Clearly, our modern way of life is an evolutionary mismatch, wreaking havoc on our health. We are not meant to be weak, inadequate, and diseased. These are the results of a life unaligned. A life deficient in kinetic, edible, social, biophilic, and experiential nourishments that we require. We need to remember who we are, where we’ve come from, and why we’re here.
Original Human Movement is about aligning with our true selves in order to thrive as human beings. Let’s move better, eat healthier, and live more fulfilling lives!
“You’re a human, live like one!”