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What we did, What we do and How to bridge the gap?

When we think of some of the changes that have occured in the last 100 years it's astonishing where we have come from in such a short period of time. All these changes have given us huge advantages over our ancestors. In areas such as education and travel, the world has become smaller and now everyone has the opportunity to see the world and educate themselves to any level they wish. We are thriving in so many ways that we never did before.

Is there a price to pay for change? We can now turn on our phones and see and talk to someone on the far side or the world but has our ability to actually talk and communicate with people diminished with our obsession with phones and technology?

I'm not yearning for yester year, I prefer now more than any other time in my lifetime. I'd like to be younger and live certain parts of my life again like a lot of people but I love modern technology and the easy access to information. I would like to have a look at these changes and see what we have lost and try have the best of both worlds, so to speak.

For most of our existence we were hunter gatherers. During this part of our evolution we foraged, climbed, ran, walked and survived attacks from animals higher up the food chain. Our bodies got a steady input of varied movement that kept us nimble and lean. It's has been suggested that we covered between 6 to 10 miles every day.

The agricultural age saw us move to more repetitive movements but we were working harder than any other stage of our existence. At this time the population began to rise rapidly and more and more food was needed.

The Industrial age followed with repetitive movements and long hours becoming the norm the free moving animal we once were was becoming a thing of the past. Progress on one front lead to a decline in our movement abilities which has only accelerated to where we are today.

How can we bridge this gap? We can't become hunter gatherers again.

The first step may be to recognise that we must make a conscious effort to pick the right foods to eat as there are too many new foods available now that our bodies don't recognise and can't use.

We also need to plan movement and mimic the inputs our bodies crave and need. In our facility, Garvan Injury Clinic, we strive to fill this movement gap in three ways.

In the Injury Clinic we assess, treat and rehabilitate using the most up to date scientifically proven methods available. This is often the first step as we look to individualise the process of helping people live pain free and realise the potential of their bodies.

In our Mobility Training classes all of the movements and training techniques have been selected based on a meticulous and rigorous investigation of evidence, conducted by physical conditioning and medical experts, as it pertains to body control, injury prevention, joint health, and physical longevity. The classes are a huge step in closing the ever growing gap between how we evolved to move and how we move today.

Finally, Our fitness classes. We are big believers in as much variety of movement as possible while making our classes challenging and safe. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced trainer our classes are structured so you will be pushed to your own limits, not to the limits of someone who is fitter or not as fit as you. If weight-loss is your aim we will advise and focus you on diet and a long-term lifestyle approach to health, getting into and staying in great shape.

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