Why We Grow Up to Move Poorly

Written By Chiropractic Health and Wellness on June 17, 2013

We didn't write this but this is a great blog from a successful Crossfitter and Chiropractor. Read on...

My patients are consistently baffled when I show them ways in which they move poorly. From breathing to squatting, it goes like this:

Patient: Why can't I do this?
Dooley: You used to do it well. Watch a toddler move. It tends to look like perfection.
Patient: When did I come undone? Why am I a mess now?

This is a question that has a not-so-surprising answer: You grew up.

Watch a toddler. They sprint around, squat, play, and breathe from the gut. They live to laugh but cry like bloody murder, too. They rarely sit still.

And what do we adults say to them?

"Sit still."
"Don't run - slow down."
"Shush. Be good. Quiet down."

Or, maybe it's worse. Instead of encouraging them to play, we sit them in front of the TV. When they don't feel like eating, we force them to eat. We encourage them to clean their plate, even though they're done.

Then, at age 4-6, we sit them in a classroom for 8 hours a day. We make them sit still, when they were born to move. Worse, we don't encourage them to squat; instead, we put them in a chair designed to foul up their movement. We drug them up, as if they are disruptive for wanting out of that chair.

We adults are lazy, so we encourage our perfectly moving children to be more like us. Moving poorly and overeating are equivocal to "being good." So, most adults end up moving poorly and cleaning our plates.

When is the last time you full-on sprinted? Laughed so hard your voice filled the room? Cried so hard you could hear it through the house? Skipped a meal?

None of that is normal, right?

That's kids stuff.

Well, we are getting sick because we are not more like our kids.

Remember who you were at 6. Regress to that little person. Get back there a little.

You don't have to quit work, but you can move better at work.

You can sprint instead of lazily jogging along.

You can walk fast like an eager kid, instead of trudging along.

You can breathe from the gut and let some of that stress leave you.

You can laugh hard at things instead of being angry, offended, or holding grudges.

Squat. Hip hinge. Sprint. Walk. Gut breathe. Don't clean your plate. Eat only when you are truly hungry.

For the sake of our children, get MOVE-ing. When kids aspire to be like us, let them aspire to move like us, too.

- Dr. Kathy Dooley