By breaking things down we feel more comfortable in our attempt to understand them. This has happened with both Food and Movement.
An easy example would be calories as a measure of energy: 1 gram of carbohydrates = 4Kcals for example…
But what makes for tidy mathematics can distract from the beauty of the bigger picture. The numbers alone of course don’t show the quality or bioavailability of the food, let alone the deeper nutritional value.
The calorie measurement, while useful in some instances, has become a limiting and restricting dogma for some: acting as a barrier to achieving a deeper understanding of their own bodies and metabolism, and discovering their own unique relationship to nutrition.
In an attempt to understand – we have come up with general, simple, one size fits all rules that now restrict us as individuals.
With the body and Movement, something similar has happened. We have simplified and compartmentalised Physical Movement through ‘physical fitness’. Exercise prescription and programming has become the focus: the body split into muscle groups and energy systems – zones and rep ranges. Again all useful, but all with the potential to limit than encourage enjoying the body through with its vast range and capacity to move as a part of daily life.
Try tuning out of the overwhelming amount of information that surrounds us,
and tune back into your own body.
You are the expert.
Eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full.
Eat good, nutritious food that makes you feel good.
Use your body, don’t just ‘train’ it.
Life can’t be segmented and separated.
Don’t just understand, experience.