The more I coach gymnastics and watch my own kids do basic things throughout the day I am realizing how far we have strayed from natural movements as adults. Just start watching young children and how they move and what they do throughout the day. When then go into a squat position it seems to come very naturally to them. They maintain the lumbar curve, chest up, head stays neutral, knees track over their feet…. Its awesome. The squat is not something they are working toward mastering, they are not even thinking about it, they just do it and do it perfectly.
I was working on some core work and my 3 year old wanted to be like dad and do some as well. With my head down a bit I’m telling you that his L-sits blow mine out of the water. Kids have an amazing bodyweight to strength ratio that most of us lose as we get older. His core stayed tight, legs were straight, he created a nice 90 degree angle from his torso to his legs and he even pointed his toes!
But just because we get older does not mean that we cannot keep this bodyweight to strength ratio or at least get it back if we have already lost it. The key is letting ourselves get active and well, act like kids again. There is no reason to ever stop playing games, running, jumping and getting dirty. Obviously life gets more difficult and time is scarce sometimes but when we can play, we should play. Try new sports, go on a hike, a run or a bike ride. Take a dance class or a gymnastics class.
Life is amazing and our bodies were meant to do great things. Get out and make your body move like it should.