Insights: The Best Type of Movement for Optimal Health and How to Achieve It


How should we move our bodies, and how can we move more throughout the day? This week’s Insights is actually a response to an article that highlighted the fact that people in the countryside actually end up taking less exercise or do fewer steps than people in the cities.

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Topics Discussed in this Episode:

  • How we can move more
  • How country dwellers differ from city dwellers in terms of movement
  • How the body was designed for movement

Key Takeaways:

  • We have to make a much more concentrated effort to move more.
  • City dwellers have it easier because of the nature of commuting in the city.
  • It isn’t just about the number of steps you’ve done or how much exercise you’ve done, it’s how well-distributed it’s been throughout the day.
  • The person who exercises intensely for maybe one hour a day, no matter which hour of the day it is, is only 4% less sedentary than the person who hasn’t done any exercise at all.
  • If you’re a country dweller, you’re going to need to hack more general movement into your day.
  • If you move in the way that the body was designed to do, you will feel a lot better about yourself, a lot better physically, a lot better mentally, and probably a lot better emotionally and spiritually as well.
  • Movement is incredibly empowering and incredibly good for us.

Action Steps:

  • Move more throughout your day.
  • Stand more than sitting.
  • Walk more.

Leanne said:

“Whoever you are, if you’re concerned about the levels of activity you’re doing, just start to hack a little bit of activity into the day by standing more.”

“If you just think about the principles of ancestral movement, think about what we were designed to do, we go back to the times of the cave people… Just mimicking those kind of movement patterns, that’s the kind of movement we were designed to do.”

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