My Movement Challenge

I'm committed to the active life, one that includes the real possibility of moving with ease, strength and balance every day in all I do, throughout the rest of my life. I want to keep moving as I grow older. And I'm willing to do what it takes to support that desire. In my 60s, I'm an avid whitewater raft guide, I hike and backpack the Sierra and walk daily, covering long distances in minimal shoes and barefoot. I practice what I teach.

So, here is a glimpse at my latest movement project, which I hope will inspire your movement project... 

 
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The monkey bar challenge...

I’m not as young as I used to be. Well, NOBODY is, and the fact hit me hard last year when I almost died. That’s another story - bacterial meningitis almost killed me - and since I lived, I have a renewed sense of being alive. I want to be able to live comfortably in my body for as long as I can. Because I live in the modern world of cars, computers, cell phones and not very many daily movement opportunities, even in my small town, rural life, I’ve gotta invent creative ways to move more.

So I set myself a fun challenge: I want to swing through the monkey bars on my 62nd birthday on May 1, 2019. Are you with me?

That means we have to get going now. Building the skills and strengths to achieve this goal. Maybe you have another movement goal. Want to walk 20 miles without pain? Hike Yosemite barefoot? Get up and down from the floor without using your hands?

How to get moving...

As silly and simplistic as it sounds, the way to get moving is to just start. Put your morning coffee apparatus on the lower shelf so you have to squat for your caffeine every morning. Install a hanging bar in your office space. Go find the monkey bars and start hanging overhead. If you do it often enough, you’ll make changes in your endurance and mobility. In 2 months I’ve progressed from hanging to swinging. My hands are tougher. The range of motion in my shoulders has improved. I’m carrying heavy things with surprising ease. And to tell you the truth, I could be working harder at it, but, you know, life. I’m not that different from most people, except now as a movement coach, I’m modeling the change I want to see and be.

I’ll be posting more about My Movement Challenge on Instagram. So follow me here.

What’s next in the monkey bar challenge…

What’s your movement goal? Want to join me and be stronger, more mobile and flexible by next spring? Then let’s get going. I can help you design your movement project and give you the support you need to make progress. Big goal or small goal, doesn’t matter. Let’s get moving!

Read about my journey to movement-rich lifestyle.