Flexibility like an animal

By on February 4, 2013

The Bear CrawlHave you ever noticed how animals move their bodies?

Take a look at your typical animals such as dogs, cats, squirrels, and deer. They all have one very noticeable attribute in common: Flexibility. If you think about it, these animals, as well as other animals like cheetahs and monkeys, need to be flexible enough to chase prey and evade predators in an instance.

  • You never see animals stretch (well maybe a dog and cat occasionally since people tend to keep them confined in the house all day. Sounds familiar?).

It may be that animals are emphasizing flexibility in their daily movements as they trot around and jump from here to there. Just like animals, humans have bodies that are naturally flexible and as time goes on, this flexibility will remain as a result of the body movements performed regularly, less we confine ourselves to just sitting, at home, in the office, and in the automobile!

Try this exercise:

  • Observe an animal, either in reality or on video, and mimic the various body movements that the animal performs.
  • Copy the walk of a dog or cheetah on all four limbs for 20 yards for 5 sets.

Of course, be careful not go beyond your limitations as most likely the animal is more flexible than you are.  After deliberate practice of these movements you will find yourself to move closer to how the animal moves.

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