The Movement Manifesto

Pour your heart and soul into everything you do and you will find anything is posibleBe passionate about movement.  Movement is art, health, life, and of course fitness.  This one word allows us to cross the chasms in which we view individual disciplines as our sole identity.  We as a society have become far too fixated on nomenclature and self-ideation.  We create caricatures of ourselves as bodybuilders, runners, cross-fitters, Zumba enthusiasts, Yogis, health nuts, couch surfers, vegans, paleo devotees, art nerds, musicians, and this list goes on.  We entrench ourselves in these identities because we find refuge in them.  The comfort of knowing who we are while playing ignorance to the deficits prevents us from truly experiencing life.  These fitness labels are small pieces of who we potentially can be as someone who is passionate about movement.  We far too quickly dismiss things that don’t fall within our persona at the expense of a potentially unique experience.  Our bodies are meant to move; not meant to be entangled and restricted in regulations and human constructs that we call fitness.  Our bodies are meant to experience life in unique ways; it is through the sensory interaction of people and their environment that we learn, create experience, and create memory.  Our bodies are wonderfully and beautifully created and express art through and interconnection of our mind, body and spirit.

Fitness is a vehicle in which we learn methods to understand life.  Retain what functions for yourself and then move on.  This is why it only serves as a small part of the passion for movement and why health needs to be formless.  Movement allows us to be the best that we can be without limits.  Fitness should serve as a part in our lives but never as the sole principle objective.  If our ideal goal is to become healthier though fitness or to strive for a physical vision we will never get there.  Bodies break down, they age, they die, what lives on is a passion to strive to move and experience life.  Our bodies were never meant to sit for hours on end.  Inactivity has denigrated the human experience to simply a transfer of information.  To be sedentary is to deprive the human from being, doing, and experiencing.

We start to become passionate about movement first by doing.  Abandon preconceived notions of your limitations whether they are mobility, health concerns, or fears.  Just move.  It’s that simple.  Whether you decide to walk, to swim, to bike, to lift, or dance, just move.  Make a commitment to yourself to keep on moving, find joy in the movement.  It is within that movement that we truly find who we are.  Movement does not need to be defined in a specific fitness product or program; they simply allow us to discover different ways of expressing ourselves.  When we move beyond the societal conventions we truly free ourselves to explore the limits of our bodies, our minds, and our souls.

The ultimate goal in being passionate about movement is to seek deeper understanding of ourselves.  It is not to strive for perfection.  We are to look at ourselves as unique and beautiful.  Within that beauty is a constantly evolving being.  Through life, our movement adapts and evolves.  It is our desire to seek a fulfilling life that drives us to move.

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About Chris Tse

I’m a scientist turned owner of Blitz Conditioning, a Fitness Columnist at CBC Radio on Thursdays at 8:20 am, and owner of Tse Social Strategy. Follow me on Twitter or Read my full bio.

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