Technology and our drive to liberate ourselves from labour have completely reshaped our lives. We live in times where movement is not required on a daily basis anymore, and comfort and convenience are highly praised. Food wasn’t always available in human history and we are biologically programmed to seek ways to conserve energy. Convenience instinctively appeals to the unexamined human mind, but we are paying a high price. The culture and self-inflicted idleness is leading to gradual deconditioning and the degradation of our physical function and health.
Our bodies have evolved to move, and movement is not as optional as we believe. Movement poverty is the source of many lifestyle related diseases, both mental and physical. Shocking to think of it that way, but actually, we spend most of our waking time sitting, and the norm became physical idleness. We work sitting, we travel sitting, we eat sitting, we relax sitting, we entertain ourselves sitting… By adapting to such a sedentary way of living, we experience a constantly shrinking comfort zone, where many of us consider movement as a chore and something to be avoided, and the more deconditioned we get, the more we drift away from experiences that involve physical effort. Eventually, we are losing that freedom that comes with having a capable body. Is this really what we want?
Regardless of how grim it sounds, most of us do not realize the direct effect of physical inactivity on our quality of life. We have created a human zoo, where life is never been easier, and idle physical behaviour became the new norm. Our instinctual need for movement has faded, and we have forgotten about the freedom and joy which comes with it. The slumbering, natural need for movement is in all of us, often buried deep in social constructs and an unexamined yearning for comfort.
The question really is: where are we heading, and how much more detached can we get from our evolutionary roots before we realise that we need to find balance? I believe that we have to reassess the value of movement in modern life, both on an individual level and as a society. This starts with awareness and reconnection to our bodies, our movements, nature, and what makes us human in the first place.