Since time immemorial, human beings have had the innate ability to move around with ease.
The early man (primal man, if you will) lived quite an active life, what with having to walk everywhere he went, hunt and gather for food, traverse rough terrain, fight off and flee from enemies, etc.
With modernization came busy work and school schedules and technological developments that limit our movement and pretty much encourage sedentary lifestyles.
Even if we get a chance to engage in physical activity, we often limit our bodily movements to one plane; forwards.
The movements we practice most in our day-to-day lives, such as walking, running and cycling, are all limited to one plane.
Doubtless, this stifles the body’s natural mobility such that we aren’t able to move as swiftly and be as strong as our ancestors were a million years ago.
Exercising primal movement will enable your body to regain its natural mobility and strength by encouraging exploring different directions during exercise, which will likely keep you fit and alleviate the risk of chronic illnesses triggered by practising a sedentary lifestyle.
Primal movement is also known as the primal flow of animal flow.
WHAT IS PRIMAL MOVEMENT EXERCISE?
Primal movement exercises are basic motions that transform the body into a mobile, functional machine.
There are seven primal movements that form the foundation of exercise; push, pull, squat, gait, lunge, bend and twist.
HOW DOES PRIMAL FLOW WORK?
Primal movement is essentially about using movements inherent to our nature to strengthen and condition our body.
By exploring the various planes of movement that exist, we get to unlock different levels of diversity and complexity of how our bodies can move.
PRIMAL SQUAT BENEFITS
The primal squat is a relaxed position at the bottom of the deep squat. An average healthy person of any age should be able to drop into a primal squat and stay in that position for up to ten minutes without discomfort.
You don’t have to be a super fit person or a yogi to be able to do a primal squat; any functional human being with normal mobility should be able to do it with ease.
The primal squat promotes better mobility and nourishes and strengthens connective tissues in the lower body.
It also aids digestion.
If you find it hard to do a basic primal squat, chances are you have a limited ankle mobility.
Not to worry, though. The accurate position can be perfected by regular practice.
BENEFITS OF PRIMAL MOVEMENT
The following are some pretty compelling reasons why you should start practising primal flow now if you haven’t already.
Most primal flow exercises are designed to encourage and improve a range of motion through mobility.
For example, squats and crouching down into a crawling position helps improve lower body mobility.
How many times do you find yourself unconsciously slouching or sitting in a position that puts pressure on your spine? Plenty of times, I reckon.
Well, you aren’t alone. Due to the long hours most adults have to sit studying or sitting at office desks; we often find ourselves forming a poor posture without even knowing.
Practising primal flow will engage your spine, improve your general posture, and enable you to walk taller and straighter without slouching.
Practising primal flow can restore your body’s ability to move more easily and with less discomfort.
These exercises make you move your body in various non-conventional ways, which helps increase your range of movement hence improving your flexibility.
IMPROVED BODY STRENGTH
Primal flow is all about restoring your body’s innate ability to move about easily.
Exercises involving primal movement require you to support your full body weight, which is why they are often incorporated into strength training.
After a long period of practising primal flow, you will notice your body has grown much stronger even without the help of heavy weights.
ACHIEVING BETTER ENDURANCE IS EASIER
During the endurance phase of training, muscles are trained to be able to withstand a high level of physical effort for a long period of time.
With primal flow, better endurance can be achieved simply by increasing the speed of movements.
ENGAGES MUSCLES THAT ARE OFTEN NEGLECTED
Since primal flow triggers the body’s natural way of moving, you get to work muscles that you don’t regularly focus on and engage more muscle groups at the same time.
Don’t be shocked if you wake up the day after doing these exercises and feel sore in muscles you have not worked or even thought about for a long time.
INCREASED CORE STABILITY
Your core consists of many muscles that contribute to your overall body stability, such as the abdominal muscles, hip adductors and hip flexors.
Core stability is at the centre of any primal movement; for you to perform exercises involving primal flow, your core has to be stable so that it can support the weight of your body.
The more you practice and perfect your animal flow exercises, the more your core gets stronger and provides better support to your body.
DEFINE BACK AND BICEP MUSCLES
Animal flow exercises that involve pulling, such as pull-ups, engage the muscles of the upper back and biceps hence toning and defining them to give them an aesthetically pleasing appearance.
You may have noticed that to pull them off, most of these exercises require you to simultaneously activate your body’s basic stability points, i.e. the shoulder joint, lower back, hip and scapulothoracic, which connects the shoulder blade to the upper spine.
When you do them for a long time, you will notice that your overall ability to coordinate bodily movements has immensely improved.
NO GYM EQUIPMENT REQUIRED
Basic primal flow exercises do not require you to use specialized gym equipment to execute them.
The only things you need are a positive mindset and a willing spirit.
However, you may need gym equipment if you wish to spruce the exercises up a little bit to achieve maximum results.
IS ANIMAL FLOW WORTH IT?
After all, you’ve read in this article, do you think animal flow is worth it? Methinks it very much is.
But I wouldn’t want to be the one to form that opinion on your behalf.
I’ll let you try it out and be the judge of that.
According to research, mobility through physical activity promotes longevity since it influences most of our body functions.
Mobility aids mental and cognitive function, heart and lungs, hormones, digestive health, among many other body functions.
In addition to that, it helps prevent cardiovascular mortality, which can be attributed to the sedentary lifestyles most people live.
A study in The Telegraph also suggests that exercise involving movement can be used as an alternative intervention to manage high blood pressure.
Practising primal flow will not only keep you healthy but also improve so many important features of your body, such as mobility, stability, coordination and posture.
Seeing as they don’t have any notable side effects (except for temporarily sore muscles, which are kind of inevitable), it wouldn’t hurt to try out these exercises.
They may do a number on your muscles, but you’ll thank your body later when the benefits start showing.[related_posts_by_tax posts_per_page="4"]