We’ve been out picking spray free strawberries for the freezer. At the same time it’s an activity that involves lots of nutritious movement. All the squatting and kneeling is great for a pregnant lady like me Opposite chair and couch sitting, it facilitates and encourages […]
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Are you enjoying your shoes?
I’m enjoying my new minimal shoes from Lems Shoes. More room for my toes compared to most traditional shoes.
They’re very comfortable, light, breathable and without a positive heel.
It’s wellness for my feet and they look great!
It’s an everyday cure for my feet and whole body. Whole-body movement starts at your feet (or arms when hanging).
Are you looking after your feet? I recommend that you do. The rest of your body depends on it!
I love to be barefooted but when I can’t, I go for minimal shoewear. Being barefooted or wearing minimal shoes assist in natural movement. Allowing your body to more naturally and how your body is designed to move.
I love natural movement but I don’t have the same freedom as before I became a mum. There’s isn’t much time after work, daycare pick up, cooking dinner and bedtime routine. Instead I focus on the movement I can implement while still doing daily tasks and work.
I rarely sit on a chair or couch and instead I sit on the floor, stand at our standing desk or sit cross-legged on the chair. I also try to incorporate stretches and this way I make positions more nutritious by mixing it up, This brings more variation and mobility into your joints, ligaments, muscles and the rest of what your body is comprised of. Floor sitting and sitting cross-legged is like extending your yoga class by increasing your hip flexibility, which will reduce lower back and knee pain and make everything from walking to dancing easier and more enjoyable. On top of that, floor sitting requires extra movement every time you have to get up and down from the floor. To avoid sitting on a chair or a couch, we decided to live in a couch free home two years ago and I’ve noticed how flexible my hips have become. It feels like it has happened out of the blue since the only thing I’ve done is change my sitting habits.
Another thing that I focus on is the movement required to run a household, do gardening, forage food and spend more time in nature. We’re also upgrading our footwear to minimal footwear which activates more muscles, ligaments etc. in your foot and ankle in contrast to conventional footwear that keeps your feet in a kind of cast. Image using your hands with big bulky mittens. I also believe that we’re seen as the unusual parents when we take our son to a playground because we’re jumping, hanging and balancing like all the kids 😃
On a grey, wet and windy winter day like today, I sit on the floor with my laptop and I like to sit by the window to get exposed to more light during these short days. Over all can be a challenge to get out during the winter in contrast to the warmer and longer days we’ve here in Northern Europe during spring and summer.
Beautiful Christmas decorations using only natural materials. I think that this is a great way to avoid or reduce plastic and use things that might already be around you. It was a great little family adventure spending time in nature collecting pine cones and branches […]
Selling our couches was the first step in creating a home that facilitates movement rather than a sedentary lifestyle full of furniture that creates a development-crippling environment as it inhibits natural movement. Furniture literally shapes your body!
It all arose from my interest in natural movement, specifically our movement profile on a day-to-day basis, which includes sitting, standing and sleeping positions. Look around you! Can you see how entwined and affected your movement profile is by your surroundings?
Like most modern people, I’ve developed my body to sitting in a chair, couch and other soft sitting stuff as I became more and more sedentary as I got older. This is very different to how we humans originally were sitting, on a harder and less restricting surface, the ground.
Does your back also hurt from sitting? My lower back did and I struggled for several years, however it become better when I practiced yoga a couple of times a week but what excites me about selling our couches is that my hip opening practice becomes an all day practice.
Simply sitting cross-legged on the floor is a position that opens and stretches out your hips. Many of us take yoga classes as a hip opening practice so going couch free is a great way to extend your yoga practice.
This is the reason why a couple of floor cushions that creates a slightly elevated areas will be our new seating style in our son’s room (first photo).
We love the additional space we have created by selling our couch in our living room (second photo). Now our gym rings have got a central location and our son loves to swing in our hammock style sitting option. In addition, we’re using our bookshelf as seating option for guests and it’s also perfect for shoulder massages
I’ll keep you updated with our transition to a furniture free home so don’t miss my upcoming posts on natural movement.
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