Using the tools in the Foresighted Fitness toolbox will allow you to train more. This will bring you more of the well documented benefits coming from exercising more. But physical activity based on Natural Movement using the Movnat method, and supplemented by selected Parkour techniques along with well-chosen restorative moves will get you unique benefits.
Get more from your time
The biggest one for high-achieving professionals and parents. When it comes to physical activity, the overwhelming majority of us are constrained by time, not willpower or capacity to learn.
Using the FF toolbox allows you to learn how to train nearly anywhere, anytime, without any standard fitness equipment, as well as increase your training volume by using all the small opportunities during the day.
This means you can:
- easily train while traveling, even on tight business trips
- train while doing activities with your kids
- get enough physical activity with much less dedicated training time, which lets you have time to spend with your kids or other personal pursuits (or work!)
Maximize health benefits from your training time with evolutionarily adapted physical activity
(Nearly) all kind of physical activity is beneficial, however some deliver much more benefits than others.
Our bodies have been shaped by evolution over tens of millions of years to adapt to the typical lifestyle of our species, Homo Sapiens, which evolved out of Homo Erectus around 300.000 years ago. Our lifestyle now is radically different than 300.000 years ago, but our bodies are biologically and biomechanically nearly identical. There has been some very minor evolutionary changes since then, true, but very minor is the key word.
This has two important and related consequences:
- our bodies have adapted through evolution to cope with the environment and lifestyle of 300.000 years ago
- our bodies have adapted to grow and stay healthy with the environment and lifestyle of 3000.000 years ago
The second one is the most often overlooked but the most important by far. If you don’t provide your body with the same physical stimuli that were required from a typical hunter-gatherer lifestyle, then its mechanisms designed to preserve homeostasis (staying in good health) will begin to fail, sooner or later.
For example, there is an explosion in the cases of osteoporosis worldwide, which sees more people impacted much earlier in their life than even 30 years ago. We’re not counting here all the cases that occur in old age, as it can be argued these are just a result of more people living longer.
Bone density is developed nearly-exclusively from birth up to around 20 yo, and is the result of the body reacting to stress put on the bones. Our bodies evolved to conserve energy, and they won’t expend any to make stronger bones if there is no need to.
So how do you get kids to stimulate bone density increase? The absolute best ways are medium-impact movements with weight, so get them jumping, lifting heavy objects, carrying them, climbing, etc. Classic team sports are much less optimized, and if all you have your kids do is cycling, well… Gymnastics on the other hand is quite nice, though the limiting factor here is they need a gymnastic facility to practice.
As an adult, you cannot increase bone density anymore but you can certainly prevent it from declining quickly to osteoporosis levels. How? Diet is a factor but the same type of physical activity that increases bone density in kids will slow its decrease in adults.
Mitigate the negative physical impacts of modern life
An added benefit of practicing this type of physical activity is that it also compensates most of the negative impacts our urban, modern lifestyle has on our bodies. Crawling is not only a way to get your body the physical stimuli it needs to remain healthy, it also strengthens and mobilizes your wrists, compensating for all this hours typing on a keyboard or on a smartphone.
The same is true for hanging or the most advanced climbing movements. Our shoulder joints require us to spend some time hanging to remain string and healthy, but hanging also counterbalances the compromised posture we usually adopt when we’re working at a desk.
And then many types of ground movement compensate for our tight hips after a day of sitting, etc…
That’s the beauty of what is recommended here: you can do it anytime, anywhere, and it both gives your body the necessary physical stimuli needed for long-term health as well as compensates the negative impacts of our modern lifestyle at the same time.
As a parent, inspire your kids and maximize their health
Role model for the kids
Everyone needs to move, but it’s even more critical for kids, as their bodies are developing and some biological mechanisms—like maximizing bone density—need to occur at that time. What is the best way, as a parent, to get your kids moving in a way that maximizes their health outcomes throughout their life? It’s to be a role model for them of course.
Kids imitate. If they see you moving, they’ll want to move. You don’t have to be fit. The inspiration in them comes from seeing you move, not seeing you achieve difficult moves. So if you have young kids, practice physical activity while you’re at the playground: ground movement, climbing, jumping, etc. You get quality time with them, physical activity and inspiring them to move all at the same time!
Become autonomous and teach your kids
When you learn yourself how to perform the techniques, you are then able to teach your kids. Not only are you making yourself able to be autonomous when training, you are then able to teach your kids without any other help.
This is especially feasible when practicing Natural Movement, as kids do have an instinctual knowledge of the correct technique to use, and it only takes a bit of guidance and correction to get them able to perform the most efficient technique.
Will build a habit of physical activity
You’re also giving your kids an incredible edge in life as you are developing in them a habit of daily physical movement. Developing such a habit is an order of magnitude easier the younger they are instead of trying to get a sedentary adult to take up a physical activity habit.
And not only will they have such a habit, they’ll also have the knowledge to practice it safely nearly anywhere, anytime. So you’re also giving them the means of keeping this much needed habit while they go through challenging academic studies, then career and family demands.
Develop real physical, mental and practical capabilities
The most obvious capabilities developed are physical: you’ll increase your strenght and mobility levels drastically, of course.
Due to the practical nature of the movements performed though, you’ll also gain real practical capabilities like:
- climbing on top of a bar, tree branch or wall
- jumping from heigh or through wide gaps
- balancing on a narrow surface of support (like the top of a wall at height)
- lifting and carrying random heavy objects, not just a barbell or kettlebell, so you can directly use those skills in real life
- rolling on a hard surface to break up the momentum when falling or jumping from heigh
A scenario you could encounter to put those to use? Encountering a threat in an urban environment… But if you can lift yourself up and they cannot, or just climb a wall then jump down and they cannot follow you, you’ve just neutralized the threat.
You’ll also develop mental capabilities less common in more classic fitness regimen.
The first one is improved confidence through the practical skills described above (in addition to the boost from your improved body image). Being able to climb a wall or a bar is much more empowering than being able to 10 pull-ups in a row (though you’d certainly be able to do several pull-ups once you can climb a wall). Being able to confidently lift and carry any type of heavy objects in your everyday life is also more empowering than improving your PRs with barbell lifts in the gym.
Training in multiple outdoor environments also develops your creativity and adaptability. You need to be creative to use the features of your training environment in the best way to train what you want to train. You will have to find ways to hang from somewhere, to balance, etc. It will make you more adaptable as well, as you need to let go of a rigid workout programming that maps your exact moves, reps, etc. in the gym and embrace a more variable training environment.