to shift, v.
: to change the place, position, or direction of
: to exchange for or replace by another
: to go through a change
how do you move through your days?
if you’re anything like me (+ the rest of most of the modern western world, it seems), we’re pulled into this tic-tocking rat-race of go-go-go, do-do-do--- constantly.
our days are driven by packed schedules, competing demands, + juggled responsibilities,
this sense of pressure for productivity from outside of us somehow gets under our skin + into our bloodstream, chronically elevating our heart rate + inflaming our stress level.
+ the rub?
-- we’re hardly ever still, yet we’re rarely moving meaningfully. + a lot of the time, we’re just exhausted.
well, what if we could shift this.
that’s the challenge that one of my medical science heroines dr. katy bowman, has take on with fierce dedication + infectious gusto. dr. bowman is a super brilliant + radically cool md who studies functional movement with an intention toward empower the masses, each + every one of us to design our lives in more movement-rich ways.
how do you create a “movement-rich life”?
we start designing our environments + our days to nourish our bodies as opposed to weakening them. dr. bowman offers an abundance of exceptional research + resources about why + how we can do this-- some of it seems pretty radical at first, + yet, it’s intriguing. as someone who is constantly in motion, who has declared war on chairs + literally cries on long commutes, who strikes yoga poses in meetings + does spontaneous stretch breaks at the movies, i am absolutely not dr. bowman’s toughest audience. + yet, the people she’s reached + impacted demonstrate the range of men + women both who have overhauled their personal + professional practices + spaces to better care for their bodies through increased intentional movement.
this piece on her website “nutritious movement” is a terrific place to take a look at some of the ways, large + small, that all kinds of folks are implementing these strategies. perhaps it will inspire a few movement life-hacks of your own!
“to shift” something is to provoke motion, to ignite change. this verb is my action gift to you all as we wrap up our “move” week. it’s an invitation to change, mentally + physically, in some small way. it’s an invitation into movement.
for nearly a decade, greta nelson has worked with women + girls in myriad capacities; she brings this kaleidoscope of skill, experience, + energy to active voice. she is a graduate of duke university's integrative health coaching program + holds a master's degree in english education from columbia university teachers college. in addition, she is a practicing educator, writing clinician, + e~ryt 500 certified yoga instructor. greta synchronizes expertise with passion to be a guide, an advocate, + a sister in support to each every one of her clients.