Movement is Medicine: A Different Prescription for Everyone?

I always thought people in the fitness world act like they know everything about everything and I keep thinking, “but that doesn’t make sense. Before we had gyms people moved in ways that feel natural and strong for them.”

I stick to my own movement routines, whether MMA or strength training and don’t let people tell me what I’m doing wrong cause I know that if my body gives me positive feedback then I’m moving in the right direction. Similarly if it gives me negative feedback then it tells me I’m doing something wrong or demanding too much, etc. We discredit our body's feedback messages a lot of the time because we're too busy trying to live up to someone else's fitness goals, or standards or routines, thinking it's so cookie-cutter.

This isn’t to say we shouldn’t learn proper ways to do things (form, technique, etc.) because we want as much mitigation of injury as possible. But it’s also about learning to be super in tune with your own body and which planes it moves the best in to suit your own unique biomechanics.

I think we've really gotten to a point in the fitness realm where we somehow think that there's only a certain set way of doing things, regardless of which "genre" of fitness you're in. I really believe there's something for everyone, and only you know what intuitively what works best for you -for the most part. Sometimes you need help and some facilitated direction, which is perfectly fine.

We discredit our body's feedback messages a lot of the time because we're too busy trying to live up to someone else's fitness goals, or standards or routines, thinking it's so cookie-cutter.

My momma friends always ask me how I stay fit despite soon-to-be three kids. Well, I just move. Sometimes I feel like I can really crush it, and other days I feel like all I can handle is a gentle mobility routine. I also move while my kids are around because I can't always get downstairs to our home gym. I use kitchen counters and chairs, couches, resistance bands, my indoor gym when possible, outdoors -you'd be surprised how amazingly adventurous and fun and stimulating this can be- shadowboxing, heavy bag, and whatever else feels good for me. I do typically make a plan and structure a fitness plan and routine, but I leave room for flexibility and expect things to sometimes shift. Life happens.

Walking and hiking are really great options also.I am currently restricted in certain ways due to being in my third trimester of pregnancy, but I make it work and get innovative and creative, and use it as a way to find new ways of moving while safely still challenging myself to experience growth and healthy physical engagement. All that to say, however, the point is this: movement is medicine, and people don’t get to tell you what prescription is best for you.

Anatomically our structure is all the same on a basic level, but what works really well for one person may not biomechanically do well for another. A lot of it is trial and error; it takes time to really get a feel for the "sweet spot" of where our movement is optimal and functions in a way where we are happy and can stick with it consistently.

This is technically why in the fitness world, you’ll never really be "right." There will always be someone to refute and rebuttal your philosophy or approach in doing things. There’s always going to be naysayers and critics and people scrutinizing you for how you choose to do it. I'm not saying be stupid about it; depending on the context, there is proper ways to move and improper (and unsafe) ways to move. Generally, we'd assume most people want to move safely and in a way that makes them and their bodies feel good.

We have to learn to find where the balance needs to be in all of this. While I’m not advocating for crap fitness ideas and dangerous lies that are being encouraged in the fitness and health realm that only perpetuate more meaningless methods, I am targeting specifically the notion that there is only one set way to do and perform certain movements. Or how so many individuals try to amplify certain fitness principles and concepts as if they were the ones who magically discovered it and then try to sell it along with a product that doesn't actually give you the same image they promote. They just sell the idea really well -like places on social media.

I will always advocate for simplicity.

movement is medicine, and people don’t get to tell you what prescription is best for you.

The body and it’s physiology is a complex system of functions that continue to baffle and fascinate me; it's a never-ending territory of learning. It’s what made me intrigued and passionate about fitness and health, and wanting to delve deeper into the world of fitness to begin with. It’s taught me a lot about my body -what it’s capable of and where it’s limits lies. Where I can improve and where my capacity needs to be expanded. It is an intricate and elaborate journey that doesn’t end.

As you get older your boundaries and parameters may change and evolve; we may either get better with age, or maybe our limits increase a little bit where we have to back off the intensity and get busy making slight changes and modifications -but even this is okay. You're the one who gets to gauge this as time progresses.

We are adaptation machines and the more we allow ourselves to get incapacitated by paralysis-by-analysis, we end up extracting and leeching out the joy that should be enjoyed in the fundamental concept of movement in general. The ways I enjoy moving my body isn’t going to be someone else’s preference for movement. I do, however, always like to keep functionality in mind. If it can not only benefit me while training, but transmute into my everyday life, for me, that's a complete win-win.

While there should be some baseline expectations threaded in scientific truths, we have to understand that even certain studies can be manipulated and moulded into a way that suits their biased agendas so discernment is required. You have to know where to find the most trustworthy, objectively placed studies that simply give you facts and not skewed information based off a controlled end in an unrealistic setting to promote whatever they’re trying to sell at the end of it.

I’m always learning and always willing to learn from others. I currently really enjoy watching and listening to the Bioneer on YouTube and MindPump podcast (also on YouTube) to continuously learn more from those who have had a longer position in experience than I have. But I also don’t want to discredit that in my own way I can bring something unique to the table that can serve to the benefit of the fitness community also in helping clients -as long as I stay in my lane and level of expertise and don’t venture outside where I have yet to develop and cultivate.

I think the fitness world has done a good job of creating certain patches of toxicity that brings a disservice to the global community and we have to be more open and willing to expand our view and perception of it in order to further its depth in the way it generously offers us. I still bet there’s so much we have yet to learn and figure out and we learn from experiences and mistakes that serve as feedback for adjustments and improvement. That’s the beauty of it.

It’s important to stay humble and acknowledge where your weaknesses are and when you don’t know something and then give yourself to learn more about it, get educated and share that knowledge with others. Too much arrogance and pride are taunting the fitness world and it can be a crummy landmine to navigate in where you have to constantly feel on edge lest someone troll you for “how you’re doing it wrong.” When in fact they may have found what’s right for them with movement and a workout routine or program and they’re trying to force that on you.

The point is this and it’s worth repeating. Movement is medicine and we get to decide what brand, dosage and prescription is best for us.

Get it, like a boss!