Walking for Sight

On Friday 17th March 864 teams of 4 walked to raise funds for The Fred Hollows Foundation in the Sydney Coastrek. I walked with a group of awesome women on the 30km trip from Kirribilli to North Bondi. There was also a 60km trip from Manly for the extremely keen!

We are proud to have raised over $5,500 to aide in the restoration of sight for the needlessly blind in 3rd world countries.. In raising these funds we also raised awareness for how simple it is for all of us to help, to contribute to communities, local and abroad.

So once the fund raising was underway and the training completed (well, let’s pretend!) it was time for the challenge to be conquered!

The walk was on easy terrain, by no means an Oxfam trek, but it still had its own challenges, which were mainly about the individual trekker. As a group we had plenty to keep us occupied over the 30kms (women do love a chat). To start the challenges were mental, overcoming what lay in front of you – not daunting, but over 5 hours of walking does come with some barriers to overcome. Finally the challenges were physical – putting one step in front of the other took it’s toll on joints and muscles.

Interestingly as we found the last few kms the hardest (not surprisingly) we also found that it was easier to run these than walk. Which brings me to the point of the article – the importance to include a range of movements in your training plan.

Walking and running are done on the same plane, your body is moving in the same singular dimension. Although they do feel different - after walking for 27km jogging the final 3km was easier as the pressure on joints and feet changed with the different impact of running. But overall you could be sandwiched between two panes of glass for these movements - not a lot of variation.

At Muscle Medicine we are big believers of multiple plane training. Training such as animal flow, zuu functional movement training, jiu jitsu and martial arts, yoga, pilates, gymnastics, dance and the importance of play.

By engaging in multiple plane training you are using your body in a manner that more closely represents the way it was designed to move. This type of movement is often called ancestral movement - hunting and gathering movements involve twisting, turning, dragging, pulling, reaching. When we limit the range of movements our body makes on a regular basis we lose the strength, agility and natural mobility of the whole body.

Exploring this multi-plane movement is simply fun - engage in more play and you will be increasing the natural movement your body takes. Think about kids in the playground, they move in all sorts of directions, now think of a relatively sedentary adult and how they feel after a game of tennis - reaching, stretching, twisting. Sore in places they didn’t know could be sore!

So if one of your Muscle Medicine practitioners starts talking to you about natural movement, multi-plane movement or simply including more ‘play’ in your routine, the reason is to ensure you don’t lose what should be natural!

So get out with the kids, become a kid again or engage in some activities that extend you past your regular movement patterns, it will lighten your day and improve your physique and health.

If you are interested in finding out more about functional movement we recommend you talk to our friends at Primal Fitness in Double Bay or speak with your therapist for other trainers we recommend in your local area.

A quick thank you to everyone who donated to our fund raising for The Fred Hollows Foundation, to the fab girls I walked with and Laura for the recovery massages! 60km next year?