I will admit that RE isn't "sexy." It doesn't have a celebrity spokesperson (yet). It doesn't have any glistening goddesses in low cut tanks in any of the promotional materials. It isn't fast, it isn't loud, it isn't making promises about your pants size.
RE is based on the premise that our bodies have a natural design that includes requirements for both nutrients and movement. We understand calories, fat, protein, carbs, hydration & dietary fiber as requirements for a well functioning body. What is missing from most of our lives is the movement requirement for optimal health. EVEN IF YOU EXERCISE. Most of us who get movement get it in the form of "exercise." We are like captive animals in a cement enclosure (yes - even if you get out and hike in the foothills). Because we are not out in nature all day, we are not living naturally.
We all have the same muscles, bones and movement requirements of our ancestors; but, our lifestyle and physical environment prevent us from moving like they did. Our food is hunted and gathered for us. We don't have to go far from our living area or squat down to eliminate our waste. We don't move around exploring and collecting water. Our ancestors rested to be sure; however, we do it without even putting in the effort of getting down and back up off of the ground - our resting places (chairs, sofas, beds) meet us HALF WAY. The loads placed upon our bodies throughout our day as we live captive in our enclosures are NOTHING like those that we placed on our ancestral bodies.
Getting up and down off of the floor and learning to squat barefoot and in alignment may not sound like much of a necessity to someone who has an exercise intense lifestyle - an athlete. Were we back in time, living without modern convenience those athletes out there would likely be our society's hunters, right? Strong, fast, agile...but here is something to consider...
In her latest book, MOVE YOUR DNA, Katy Bowman writes:
My point is, everyone--even the hunteriest of the hunters--was a gatherer first. When hunter-gatherers are children, their job is to gather. All are successful in this way first. To go forward we must to back to figure out which movement basics we have failed to practice and which tissue adaptations we still need.
- There are movement nutrients we are all missing due to our similar cultural experience. If you're an athlete, you won't find the most athletic feats of the hunter-gatherers listed here; I'm assuming you're already getting those loads, but might be experiencing some deterioration because you're performing these feats outside of a natural (meaning "as found in nature") context. You might be all run and no walk. Or you're doing two hundred squats a day, but in shoes, and without squatting facets in your bones (see Chapter 10).
The beauty of these basics is that they establish a community-wide playing field where we can all grow together.
CHAPTER 2, PAGE 37
I invite you to join me on the Restorative Exercise™ playing field - Hunters & Gatherers alike. Join the Wellness Movement community.
I say to you athletes --you "hunteriest of the hunters"-- I admire your hard work and your dedication to your sport. I appreciate that you may not see the value in someone as well trained as you to learning to release your psoas, bring new awareness to your transverse abs, and stretch your feet with the rest of us. I also appeal to your aches and pains and suggest that maybe what Restorative Exercise™ has to offer you are those missing pieces that will keep you moving with less pain, faster recovery, and greater longevity. You may just find that RE is the way to keep doing what you're doing and enjoying it!
And yes, by the way I HIGHLY recommend picking up a copy of Move Your DNA (hunters & gatherers alike). You can find it in the "shop" tab on this website!