Natural Movement groups all the movements our bodies evolved, throughout human evolution, to perform on a regular, often daily, basis. Our bodies adapted to perform these movements efficiently but a consequence is they came to require them to stay healthy. This is because most of human evolution was made in an environment of “energy scarcity”: calories were scarce and all animals, including us, evolved to conserve energy as much as possible.
Bone density for example depends heavily on the amount and variety of stimulation we give our bodies during our teenage years. If we perform movements requiring strong bones (eg jumping, climbing, strength training), our bodies will spend energy to increase our bone density. If we don’t, they won’t and we might get diagnosed with osteoporosis even before we reach our senior years. An extreme case of “use it or lose it”.
Natural Movement as a health and fitness approach was defined by Erwan Le Corre and he formalised and codified a training method designed to teach everyone Natural Movement around 10 years ago now: Movnat. This approach and method is so efficient and impactful that it forms the basis of our approach to human movement.