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The Pre-Flight Checklist: Mastering The Minimal

The Pre-Flight Checklist: Mastering The Minimal

Movement is Essential, Exercise is Optional. What does that mean? When all else is equal, those who can manage Ground Reaction Forces optimally Feel, Move, and Perform Better. In other words: Movement Minimums are Essential, Exercise Maximums are Optional. Gravity and biological processes are constants within our lives. You can do many things in terms of nutrition and lifestyle that can speed up those finite biological processes or slow them down. In order to be durable and able to move and experience this physical world comfortably you require a minimal level of health and fitness ability. If long-term health, fitness, and quality of life are a concern, try a long-term “sustainable” view. Perhaps rather than moving harder and exercising more, you may consider economy. The Minimal Effective Dose: The Minimal Effective Dose (MED) is defined simply: the smallest dose that will produce a desired outcome. In everyday life we instinctively understand that anything beyond the MED is wasteful. For example- to boil water, the MED is 212°F (100°C) at standard air pressure. Boiled is boiled. Higher temperatures will not make it “more boiled.” Higher temperatures just consume more resources that could be used for something else more productive. In the field of Performance Training we look at Minimal Effective Dose  as it relates to load, speed, FORCE, complexity, volume, and frequency. At UpRight Movement, we carefully consider precise “dosing” of both exercise and nutrition for all of our clients. Roughly 80% of your improvements can be attributed to 20% of your efforts. Manage efficient movements for maximum benefit, while balancing vital resources to elicit Regeneration and Adaptation = Better Life...