In order to understand natural movement, we need to apply a suitable filter. As humans, we moved naturally when we were young – a time when movement was pure and unadulterated. As small children, we were skillful, purposeful and playful movers. This is how we view natural movement at EVO, and why we developed a unique training system that helps to build natural movement.
When we say ‘build’ natural movement, we are actually talking about ‘rebuilding’. Every healthy human possessed good movement skills by the age of 4 yrs old. But as we grew up in a modern culture, we gradually lost many of these essential physical skills. Unsuitable footwear, prolonged sitting and poor movement patterns are some of the key factors that have caused this decline in physical function.
By the age of 4 yrs, healthy humans have achieved a number of motor skill milestones – think of these as landmark movement skills. Many of these skills serve as essential building blocks for more complex movements. At this point, we have learned how to stand upright, walk, jump and run, bend forwards and touch our toes, move on all fours, twist our bodies with ease, roll, invert our bodies, hop on one leg, balance on one leg, and squat to the floor.
Many experts believe that these building block skills are more than just milestone markers – they are skills that continue to shape physical development in adult life, and as such, should be mastered and practiced on a regular basis.
With this in mind, we’ve developed a simple movement assessment to test whether you’re as fit as a 4-yr old! We’ve taken some of the key skills that young children can perform and created a movement checklist with a simple scoring system.
Complete each movement as described, and score 1 point for each. Maximum score 10 points.
8-10 Fit as a 4-yr old
5-7 Fit as a 40-yr old
<4 Fit as an 80-yr old
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