When we move, we expend energy. When we move inefficiently, we expend even more and it wears us down.
What are the three most common positions most of us find ourselves in, the majority of the time? In my case (and probably in yours) it is sitting, standing, and lying down. It is possible to waste energy even in these positions, if we situate ourselves in poor alignment.
Physics based movement
That’s a fancy way of saying the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. When I walk forward, it certainly feels as if I’m walking in a straight line. After all, if I set my eyes on the corn dog stand over yonder and start moving my feet, I will reach it.
But movements are made of many other movements. When I begin to take a step, my right ankle buckles a bit. To compensate, I push up and out slightly with the ball of my foot to keep myself going in a straight line. That’s not straight. That’s up and out.
When a person walks and their shoulders rotate in front of them, that’s no longer a straight line. Call it swagger, call it verve, but don’t call it efficient.
A couple of questions that can be useful for those of us who walk: is any part of me moving that doesn’t need to be? Could a movement be made into a line?
Sitting and lying down come down to proper alignment and anatomical position. Lines.
The key is to run our own experiments, observe what could be better, and then make it better and more efficient. Simple scientific method, simple application to simple movements, but the potential results shouldn’t be underestimated.
It takes focus and awareness, two assets which are easy to lose during a hectic day, but if we wait for downtime to fix our problems, adaptation has already spent that much more time working against us.