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What Is Natural Movement?

I spent 22 years in the nursing profession. I enjoy writing, reading historical novels, gardening, and helping people live a healthier life.

Natural Movement

Natural Movement

Natural Movement Facts

A health and fitness discipline that was popularized by Erwan Le Corre is called Natural Movement (MovNat). Erwan Le Corre is a French American, and the innovator of a physical education system and lifestyle.

Natural movement is a way to incorporate healthy skills into our daily lives for a society that spends too much time behind their computer screens or playing with their cell phones. Children do not spend much time playing outside either, and physical education has been eliminated from many schools.

MovNat’s philosophy is designed to actually improve a person’s natural movement by challenging their physical abilities, which will improve their agility and mental focus. MovNat began in 2008, but it has become much more popular around the world in the past two years. In order to spread MovNat Erwan Le Corre certifies trainers worldwide. For instance, Melbourne, Australia offered a two day course for those who wanted to be trainers for $420. In the upcoming year these courses are offered across Europe and Asia.

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Natural Movement Organizations

MovNat’s programs are taught worldwide. MovNat does not use the equipment found in gyms, but the exercise is similar to what you may have experienced as a child. Climbing trees, running and jumping from one rock to another are examples of natural movement.

The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance is a non-profit organization that has a goal to get all segments of American society to increase their physical activity. They attempt to increase awareness using a “comprehensive, evidence-based strategic plan”.They revised their program recommendations in 2016. One of their goals is that every school child gets to participate in daily physical education.

The 2016 plan has a “comprehensive set of policies, programs and initiatives designed to increase physical activity in all segments of the U.S. population.” The new plan will hopefully foster a new national culture that is more supportive of a physically active lifestyle in order to prevent diseases, improve health overall and to enhance the quality of life.

U.S. Lifestyle Statistics

At this time only 8 states mandate daily recess for elementary school students. Oregon and Washington DC mandate that all elementary and middle school students have a minimum of 30 minutes of daily physical education daily. This is the minimum standard recommended by the experts.

According to the CDC only twenty percent of adults meet the minimum standard national exercise guidelines, which is 150 minutes of mixed aerobic and strength training exercise weekly. In minority groups, which includes the Hispanic population, only 15% met the exercise recommendations. Mayo Clinic recently completed a study that concluded only 3% of Americans lived a healthy lifestyle. That means a healthy diet, no smoking, adequate exercise and to have a normal weight with the recommended body fat percentage.

Natural Movement & Mobility

Types of Natural Movement

Physical education or natural movement for children helps them develop motor skills and it enhances reflexes. Hand-eye coordination and the development of healthy body posture are other benefits.

There are several easy ways to practice natural movement. Playing with your children or grandchildren. Try getting up off the floor without using your hands. Practice crawling on the floor or just create your own exercise challenges that require you to bend, squat or duck down.

Natural Movement includes breathing skills and includes:

  • Balancing
  • Ground movement
  • Walking
  • Running
  • Jumping
  • Vaulting
  • Swimming
  • Climbing
  • Crawling
  • Lifting
  • Carrying
  • Throwing and catching
  • Self-defense skills

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Prevention of Health Problems

There are exercise programs for fall prevention that lowers fall-related injuries by 40%. Major functional limitations and disability can be lowered by 50% with higher amounts of activity. There are at least 8 cancers that are reduced through regular natural movement. The risk of Alzheimer’s disease can be lowered by 40% with regular physical activity. Premature mortality can be reduced by 40% as well.

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In Summary

I do not believe we are meant to live in a totally confined environment as we become disconnected from the natural world and nature. Confinement results in chronic pain, depression, immobility and a lack of any vitality. When we look at our ancestors a few generations back, they worked hard at jobs or at farming. They ate the food they raised, and there were no electronic devices. While they didn’t have medications, many of them lived to a ripe old age.

More recently we had to use the stairs, but now when we walk into a building we see the elevator first. We drive everywhere rather than walk some places. A single mother working two jobs does not have time to go to the gym or even the desire. Natural movement can be worked into regular daily activities for most people. To be your best self natural activity should be a part of your lifestyle. Take a child to the playground and join in on the fun.

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Views on Natural Movement

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Pamela Oglesby

Comments

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 10, 2020:

Hi Ann,

It sounds like your grandchildren have a health amount of exercise, but I think many children do not get enough exercise, primarily due to computer games. You sounds very active also.

Thank you so much for your comments. Stay safe and healthy.

Ann Carr from SW England on November 09, 2020:

Apparently, although playing outside for children has dropped quite a lot, our children still do quite a bit of exercise but I think that's mainly outside the cities.

I know my grandchildren do physical exercise at school at least twice a week and they all do their own activities outside school; rugby, tennis, cricket, gymnastics and swimming, as well as trampolining in the garden and playing in the parks.

This all makes sense, doesn't it? We used to climb trees, cycle and walk lots more than most do now (fewer cars then!). I walk, cycle, play with the children and want to take up my tennis again, especially now that I have a grandson who is really interested in it. I also garden and rarely sit still for long. I love being outside in the countryside and I'm lucky to have that around me.

Great article, Pamela, full of useful information for us all.

Ann

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 08, 2020:

Hi Audrey,

I don't think a lot of people can do the movements in that first video but there are many ways to increase movements in our daily activities. Children particularly need to be move active in many cases.

Thank you for your comments and your caring friendship.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on November 07, 2020:

I thought I was in good shape until I tried the movements in the first video. :) Natural movement really interests me and thank you for this wonderful, informative piece.

Be well, my friend.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 06, 2020:

Hi Brenda,

Not only adults but even children are not getting enogh exercise. I am glad you agree with the conclusions of this article. Thank you so much for your comments. I understand how tired people are when they get home so I guess they have to incorporate there daily chores into a type of exercise. I appreciate your commnts. Have a great weekend.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on November 06, 2020:

Natural movement is a great way to remind us to get off the couch and put the cell phone down.

We definitely do not get enough exercise but then there are those days where we seem to go overboard.

Exhausted by the time we get home and the whole next day.

It is great advice. We have become a bit lazy but with old age creeping upon us...we take it a little easier. Elevator is a must.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 06, 2020:

Hi Alyssa,

I think natural movement is a great way to stay healthy or to improve you health. I use to do all kinds of things with my 3 boys when they were young and that was in Ohio. We lived in a Cleveland suburb where I grew up at that time.

I absolutely agree that child need physical activity during the school day. I knew you had a passion for fitness from things you have written previously. I appreciate your generous comments.

Alyssa from Ohio on November 06, 2020:

Natural movement is a great way to stay fit and healthy! What an incredible price to become certified in this method, too! I was surprised to learn that only 8 states require recess. I always thought that was nationwide. Kids need time to run off energy. You certainly can't expect young children to sit in a classroom all day. In Ohio, the weekly requirement for physical activity is 150 minutes. Of course, this varies by state. While my son loves his technology, he also will jump at the chance to get outside and play. We love playing football in the backyard! I've always been the mom who gets on the playground, climbing the monkey bars, swinging, and sliding with my son. Fitness is one of my passions and I hope to pass that down to my son. I think there are many ways to get more movement in during our daily lives. Excellent article, Pamela!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 04, 2020:

Hi Linda,

I think Natural Movement would be so healthy for anyone. Thank you for your comments.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 04, 2020:

Natural movement sounds like an excellent plan. Thank you for sharing the nature and benefits of the exercise, Pamela.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 03, 2020:

Your welcome.

Robert Sacchi on November 03, 2020:

Thank you.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 03, 2020:

Hi Robert,

I am glad you liked the article. I appreciate you taking the time to read and then comment.

Robert Sacchi on November 03, 2020:

Another article with good health tips. Thank you for posting.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 03, 2020:

Manatita, Alternative medicine works well for many people. I touch on it with some articles but I haven't done an indept article like you suggest. I think that would be interesting and I will take a look at the references. Thank you Mantita.

manatita44 from london on November 03, 2020:

My fatigue spreads over 25 years. Yes, they have exhausted their investigations and I now get help from natural practitioners. This science is on the up and Americans are expert at it.

I don't have a question for Jodah or Linda L, but perhaps for you. Why don't you write a Hub on the Alternative/complimentary world of healing, it roots, growth and success as well as opposition from allopathic medicine? A lot here but a popular topic. So this is a win-win situation for you.

I'll give you some names to help you, all on the net: Anthony Williams, known as Medical Medium; Dr Grundy and Dr Morse. You may wish to give examples: Nutrition, herbalists, kinesiologist, naturopaths, etc.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 02, 2020:

Hi Ms Dora,

We probably would all benefit from more exercise. I know I would. I appreciate your comments.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 02, 2020:

Thanks for the information on Natural Movement. I know that I would benefit from it. Very helpful!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 02, 2020:

Hi Mantita,

I imagine you have discussed your chronic fatigue with your doctor just to make sure there isn't something in particular causing the fatigue. I know you know what you should do, so I won't preach to you. I hope you find a path to feeling better soon. I appreciate your comments. Have a good week. :-)

manatita44 from london on November 02, 2020:

Makes a lot of sense and the video makes it look very easy and is informative. My spiritual teacher is unusual as he has always recommended exercise. Everyone on our Path runs, or exercise in some form or the other.

I am a nurse like you and covered miles on the nursing floor. Still, I have not worked for nearly two years. I now suffer from chronic fatigue and don't do that much, but yes, I should do more. Very informative and helpful hub!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 02, 2020:

Hi Ankita,

I like the idea of getting enough exercise while working through your daily routines. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 02, 2020:

Hi Peggy,

I think walking and gardenng could give you enough exercise. As you said it was much different for our parents and grandparents. I appreciate your comments. Have a good week, Peggy.

Ankita B on November 02, 2020:

I have not heard of Natural Movement but I really like the theme behind it. One should definitely try to do some physical activity everyday. Interesting and well-structured article.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 02, 2020:

In our parent's and grandparent's generations, they got enough exercise just going about their daily lives. As we have become adjusted to more modern conveniences, forms of exercise, and how we incorporate exercise into our lives is more important than ever. Long gone are the tree-climbing days of my childhood. Walking and gardening is now more my speed.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 02, 2020:

Hi Devika,

Thank you for letting us know about Croatia. It sounds like a healthy place to live. Thnk you for your comments.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 02, 2020:

Pamela this is interesting about natural movement. I learned of natural movement when I moved to Croatia. Before that I lived a different life. Driving to the nearest of places, having everything done for me made me feel extraordinary but not a healthy lifestyle. It is what has become of this modern lifestyle. Since living in Croatia I have seen how the local farmers live. They are self-sufficient and natural movement here is part of life.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 01, 2020:

Hi Flourish,

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I agree. We should be doing this or some type of exercise even if we cannot go to the gym. Thanks so much for your comments.

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 01, 2020:

Very interesting! I wasn’t familiar with this but it does seem like a good thing for health. We should be ashamed of that 3% statistic. Jeepers.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 01, 2020:

Hi Rosina,

I am so glad you found this article helpful and I am glad you can incormporate this exercise into your daily activities. I appreciate your comments, as always.

Rosina S Khan on November 01, 2020:

I am new to natural movement, Pamela but I wish to incorporate it in my daily life for beneficial effects. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful article.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 01, 2020:

HI SP,

I agree with you about the benefits of doing any of these exercises. It is interesting to me also. Thank you for reading and commenting.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on November 01, 2020:

I've not heard of this before. But the philosophy behind it seems interesting. Some of the natural movement activities listed are things we did in our school for physical education.

I think doing any of these activities more often has to be beneficial to the body in the long run.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 01, 2020:

Hi Linda,

It sounds like you are getting plenty of natural movement. Not eveyone has 2 acres to take work for sure. I am glad you like the article. I appreciate your comments. Have a good week, Linda.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on November 01, 2020:

What a great article. I had never heard of the Natural Movement, but nevertheless I guess I prescribe to it. I walk every day and work in the garden except when it's wet (almost 2 acres so there's always something to do).

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 01, 2020:

Hi MG,

I am glad you liked the article. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. Have a good week!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 01, 2020:

Hi Kalpana,

I only recently learned about natural movement but I though it was a great idea. So many people are isolated but they can do this type of exercise in their own home. I am glad you found the article interesting and your comments are appreciated.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on November 01, 2020:

When I read the title of your article I was a little confused but by the time I had gone through the article, I was very impressed. It's got tons of information and very interesting to read, thank you very much for it.

Kalpana Iyer from India on November 01, 2020:

I always learn something new from your articles. I never knew about natural movement. Interesting!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 01, 2020:

Hi Doris,

I am glad Arkansas requires physical education for the students. I grew being very active also, but considering my age that is no surprise. There were no computers back then. It was so much fun to just play outside with the other kids.

The cost I wrote about was for people who want to be trainers for other people. I need to make that clear in the article. I like the idea of natural movement around the house just doing chores and that walk or jog is good too. Thanks for your comments, doris. I hope you have a good week.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on November 01, 2020:

Pamela, it is a shame that people who live in confined areas, like concrete jungles of huge metropolitan areas, would pay that type of money just to educate themselves in exercise. Personally, I'd rather spend it on a yoga class for me or martial arts for my kid, if I still had one at home.

But being from a rural state, I was one who learned to play volleyball, tennis and basketball in physical education classes. And of course, there was always sand lot softball at recess. Our state, Arkansas, still requires physical education classes, the amount depends on the grade the younger student is in. One half-unit is required for high school graduation.

But I'm glad you wrote this good article for those people who need to know how they can learn to move and groove instead of sitting on their duffs playing with their phones and tablets. But even a walk or jog around the block is a free way to exercise.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 01, 2020:

Hi Shauna,

That Omaha program sounds wonderful and to get it for no cost is a blersssing. It really is very detailed.

I absolutely agree concerning children needing to have physical education for multiple reasons. I understand what you said about those men in the video. I could not begin to do what they are doing. Thank you so much for your generous commments. Have a good week, Shauna.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 01, 2020:

Hi Chitrangada,

I agree with you that we can incorporate natural movement in our daily lives at home. Previous generations natually did get more exercise through their daily chores and work. I am glad you like this article.

I appreciate your generous comments. I hope you have a good week.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 01, 2020:

Hi Bill,

I was not happy with the school that fail to provide PE. The high schools do a better job but to my mind I thhink the elementary schools are the most important.

I know you are active and I am glad you ar so healthy. I will be delighted when the two days have passed also. Thanks for commenting. Have a good day, Bill.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on November 01, 2020:

Excellent article, Pamela! I don't understand why recess has been eliminated in many school districts. Little kids, especially, need a break from lessons for the mere fact that their attention spans are short and they get antsy. They need to move around, play, and let their minds clear of all the information that's being thrown at them.

This article interests me on an adult level as well. I've recently joined a program put out by Omada, which is offered thru my insurance at work. Normally a $650 program, it's free thru my insurance. It involves weighing in daily, for which they provide a free scale that automatically transmits your weight reading to your account. The program offers weekly lessons to help you make better eating choices. We log our food intake and number of steps taken daily. We have a personal coach and a group that communicates on the site. So far I'm loving it. I've learned a lot from those of us who are active commenters. My coach has also sent me some exercises I can do at my desk, which I hope to incorporate this week.

Movement is key to helping the body avoid atrophy and keeping your spirits up. I had to giggle at some of the natural movements the MovNat guy demonstrated. At my age, I can no longer get on my knees without spring-loading myself back up! Hopefully that'll change.

Very timely article, Pamela. Thank you!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on November 01, 2020:

Great article Pamela, and an important reminder to everyone.

You are right, that too much dependence on technology can spoil our health. In earlier times, people had more flexibility in their bones, they could walk more, climbed stairs, even in the later years of life. Nature walks, easy yogic exercises etc. are important to live a healthy life, even in our old age.

Thankfully, I follow most of your advice regarding Natural movements. Even if we can’t go out, these movements can be incorporated at home itself.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful information.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 01, 2020:

Only eight states mandate it? That's mind-boggling to me. I wonder if Washington does? Hmmm! Well, thankfully, I do a lot of walking, and working in the yard. I'm a bit overweight, but healthy nonetheless, so I think I'll just keep moving. :) Great information, Pamela!

Two more day until we are freed from this madness!

Be safe!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 01, 2020:

Hi Lorna,

I thought the timing for this article was perfect since we are still dealing with the Covid virus. Thank you so much for your generous comments.

Lorna Lamon on November 01, 2020:

I think it's wonderful that these movements can be incorporated into our daily lives. I always feel so invigorated after a brisk walk and yoga refreshes the mind. During these stressful times, and with many in lockdown, this type of exercise is essential for body and mind. Great article Pamela.

Liz Westwood from UK on November 01, 2020:

This is a very interesting and informative article. I had not heard of natural movement before. The concepts make a lot of sense. It is especially relevant as we look towards another period of lockdown in the UK.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 01, 2020:

Hi Liz,

I think we are all moving toward lockdown at least to ssome degree. Incorporating these movements in and right around your hoe does make sense. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Stay safe and healthy, Liz.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 31, 2020:

Hi Linda,

I have alwys thought Sedona would be a wonderful place to live and to hike. I am glad you have a daily routine for walking. Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a nice weekend.

Linda Chechar from Arizona on October 31, 2020:

This is great! The exercise is movement for daily walking and quite workout activities. I hike alot here in Sedona!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 31, 2020:

Hi Eric,

I know you are active, probably more then you might even need. That son keeps you on the go. Thanks for commenting.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 31, 2020:

Bravo! I really like it. One of my mottos is "Move baby move". Learning to breath as you do dishes is a trip. But the natural movement overtakes the brain.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 31, 2020:

Hi Abby,

I had a family member tell me about the program and she told me how popular it was, so it is new to me also. I am glad you found this article interesting.

Thanks for your comments.

Abby Slutsky from America on October 31, 2020:

I exercise regularly, but I have not heard of this particular program. This was as an interesting article, and the classes sound very beneficil. Thanks for sharing.