Exercise out of the gym and into nature
Dumping the gym, getting out of ‘zoo human’ and finding fitness nature’s way..
There’s a new form of physical fitness which involves dumping the gym. It’s about using the body with intuitive forms of exercise – like our ancestors.
Erwan Le Corre is the founder of MovNat and is tipped as ‘one of the fittest men in the world’ and a ‘fitness visionary’ by some key health publications around the world.Le Corre talks about the increase of ‘zoo human syndrome’. This is described as ‘a modern global and growing phenomenon generated by the combination of social conventions, technological environment and commercial pressures. Increasingly disconnected from the natural world and their true nature, zoo humans are suffering physically, mentally and spiritually.’ Agreed.
Anyone living in modern times would no doubt agree – it’s tough and stressful being us right now with so much going on: living in busy, fast, demanding environments. It’s a new type of stress that is building and increasing, pinching people off from their spiritual essence.
Le Corre has come up with an intriguing system designed to develop and transform our relationship with exercise using natural techniques from nature – running, climbing, jumping, crawling and balancing. The idea is that then we work our bodies just as nature intended, we not only lose weight but we enter into a profound state of well-being and natural happiness.
Le Corre explains that a sedentary lifestyle is detrimental to health, happiness and longevity but the alternatives that the current fitness industry provide are ineffective and boring – based on goals (such as calorie counting or a six pack) that don’t correspond to our basic nature and connection as human being.
This team are giving lessons in an ‘ape playground’ set up near London’s Tower Bridge and which feature ramps, ladders, ropes and climbing frames. There’s plenty of squatting, walking, throwing, catching, jumping, leaping and hanging from bars like Moglai and Jungle Book. This is shifting from an approach of using medicine balls in the gym to getting hold of rocks outside and working these in the fresh air. Sounds good to me.
The emphasis comes away from a focus of burning calories, in favour of a more natural approach to taking exercise – enjoying being part of the natural environment and using age-old techniques of movement in naturally ways to achieve high levels of fitness.
Plus, people love a new fitness craze. Could this be it?