Posts in Movement
Are You Letting the World Make You a Lesser Version?

Technology will redefine the way we work, think, and live over and over again. Industries will rise and fall, social patterns will shift, but all the while you will be at the center of your experience. This is the essential point societies have repeatedly failed to honor following past changes, most notably in regards to the disruption that followed ubiquitous smartphone use. How well you weather this chaotic new world is completely dependent on your individual self-mastery. Regardless of how much technology shifts the landscape, you are still a human, driven by a hunter-gatherer brain and hunter-gatherer needs.  

The modern mental and physical health epidemics are spurred by technology that promotes immaturity. As we rely less on ourselves we remain lesser versions. Suddenly it becomes normal for adults to have donuts or fast food for breakfast every morning, to scan social media all day and night, and to spend money they don’t have on stuff they don’t need. To transcend these patterns, we have to intentionally craft a plan for daily self-development. The 30x30 Challenge is that daily plan.

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Stimulus and Growth

Movement and fitness parallel life. If you are not actively thinking about and trying to improve your fitness you are allowing it to deteriorate. The standard American diet, office life, and limited to non-existent movement practice that comprises a “normal” life fall far short of what true thriving requires. Like a vitamin missing from a poor diet, if you are not actively seeking novelty, modern life hardly provides enough.

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Oversized and Undersized Goals

In goals both too big and too small focus on practice and fun. Small victories feel great. Relish them for a moment then humbly return to the work. Extreme challenges allow you to tickle the next level, demystifying what might become realistic goals soon.

Most importantly, oversized and undersized goals allow us to practice letting go, to practice for practice’s sake, and to focus on the process rather than the results.

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Movement Sovereignty

Furniture is not inherently harmful, just as few foods are inherently unhealthy. The harm comes through our relationship to them. Furniture’s primary purpose is comfort - a seemingly virtuous aim until we examine how it affects our health. Furniture seeks to create the type of comfort that allows you to remain stagnant for extended periods. We as a society have grown quite proficient at designing furniture to these ends. The road trip and the Netflix binge would not be possible otherwise.

The ergonomic movement has spread these ideals to our offices as well. The goal being to find a working position that is comfortable enough to facilitate focus while causing minimal harm. This only worsens the problem by perpetuating the idea that any single position is the answer.

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