Mike Shukis

Movement is "Medicine"

September 10, 2022

I'm a believer in movement. I think it's good for us and we need more of it. As a society, we don't get enough of it. This is a problem that needs to be fixed.

To clarify, I'm a believer in good movement. That doesn't include most of the things we see on the internet; that stuff is garbage. And it doesn't help anyone.

A popular phrase tossed around today is "movement is medicine." That's a true statement. But just because it's true doesn't mean any movement is helpful. Most of what we see today is far from medicine.

Good movement is medicine. The garbage on social media isn't. Quality movement helps people feel and perform better. Bad movement gets people hurt and doesn't make progress. Good movement is productive. Bad movement wastes time.

Movement is "medicine" only applies when it's good. Quarter squats, standing on a ball with one foot, endless core exercises, and all the functional lies we're told isn't medicine. It's a good way to look busy, but not to make progress.

For movement to be medicine it needs to be quality movement. That means we have to do the right movements correctly. Picking and choosing random exercises doesn't cut it.

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