In today’s sedentary world, where technology has made our lives more convenient but also less active, the importance of movement and physical well-being cannot be overstated. In their groundbreaking book, “Built to Move,” authors Kelly and Juliet Starrett explore the transformative power of movement and provide practical guidance for unlocking your physical potential in creating a durable and resilient body. Drawing on their expertise as renowned movement specialists, they offer a compelling blueprint for incorporating movement into every aspect of your life. 

Understanding the Modern Sedentary Lifestyle

The book begins by addressing the impact of our modern inactive lifestyle on our overall health and well-being. The Starretts shed light on the detrimental effects of excessive sitting and the loss of natural movement patterns, highlighting the correlation between physical inactivity and a wide range of chronic health conditions. They stress the importance of breaking free from this sedentary trap and reestablishing a vibrant, movement-oriented lifestyle. 

Beginning to add in more movement does not need to be intense – simply incorporating micro-breaks with stretching in between your desk job duties to finding opportunities to take the stairs instead of the elevator, or saying “yes” to engaging in a new recreational activity with friends, movement can become a natural and enjoyable part of our lives without feeling overwhelming.

Embracing the Concept of “Supple Leopard”

“Built to Move” introduces the concept of the “Supple Leopard,” a term coined by the authors to describe the epitome of physical resilience, flexibility, and strength. The book emphasizes the importance of restoring our bodies to their natural state of motion and fluidity, where we can effortlessly perform basic movements and take on physical challenges with confidence. Through a combination of mobility exercises, dynamic stretching, and corrective techniques, the authors guide readers towards unlocking their own inner “Supple Leopard.” If you don’t know where to begin, hiring a personal trainer is a great place to start!

Building a Lasting Foundation of Mobility and Stability 

As already mentioned, adopting a movement practice that integrates seamlessly into our daily lives is transformative and significant. The book explores various movement modalities, including yoga, strength training, Pilates, and functional fitness, to encourage readers to find a practice that suits their individual needs and preferences. By prioritizing movement as a lifelong pursuit, the development of strength, flexibility, and resilience will spread across all aspects of our physical selves.

To move well and without pain, one must first develop a solid foundation of mobility and stability. At Fit Flex Fly we can do just that. We have built a comprehensive framework for optimizing joint mobility, enhancing muscular stability, and improving overall movement quality. Between our trainers and onsite physical therapist we can assist you in understanding proper alignment, posture, and movement mechanics to prevent injuries and maximize performance.

Our clients have transformed their relationship with movement which has led them on a lifelong journey towards improved health, strength, and overall quality of life. Movement is the mission at Fit Flex Fly and we hope our readers take these tips to embrace their body’s innate capacity for motion and vitality. Get in touch today for a complimentary 15 minute mobility assessment.

Keep moving, keep smiling. 

Amanda Almond

Amanda is a person trainer, group fitness instructor, and marketing manager for Fit Flex Fly. She has over twelve years of experience in the fitness industry as not only a trainer but also in fitness education. Amanda has traveled globally to provide education and has helped to develop content for a variety of fitness programs, including pre and post natal training and endurance performance coaching. Amanda's work has been featured in reputable publications such as Fit&Well and Trisports, and she has presented at industry-leading events such as Canfitpro and IDEA World.

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