Built To Move : The Ten Essential Habits To Help You Move Freely And Live Fully by Kelly Starrett and Juliet Starrett
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Ten Essential Habits for a Mobile and Active Lifestyle
Kelly came up with the name mobility wad in either 2008 or 2009. We were proud of our creativity and cleverness, as we believed we were the first to associate a word with “wad” and turn it into a brand. Our main goal was to move away from traditional language such as flexibility, stretching, and range of motion. We wanted to redefine the category, creating a holistic approach focused on enabling people to move through their environment. This is what being mobile truly means.
One common mistake people make is thinking short-term rather than long-term. When I was younger, I never considered whether my hip would function well enough for hiking in my 50s. However, we now understand the importance of establishing healthy habits early on, as they can have a compounding effect over time. It’s like investing in a bank with compound interest. By the time you reach your 30s, 40s, 50s, or 60s, you’ll be unable to fully unlock your body’s potential.
We refer to this as a “constrained environment.” The idea is to remove barriers that prevent us from doing the things we want to do. For example, we love cookies but ensure we don’t keep them within easy reach. We know that if they’re sitting right in front of us, we’ll eat them. We are not masters of self-control; we believe in structuring our environment to support our goals. In our TV area, we have embraced sitting on the floor instead of using traditional sitting desks. We surround ourselves with mobility tools, mats, and rollers. This simple adjustment helps us maintain an active lifestyle and promotes better movement.
Our approach extends beyond the physical environment. We prioritize having fruits and vegetables readily available at home, as we understand the power of habits. We don’t want to spend unnecessary time and energy making choices. By having these healthy options easily accessible, we make it easier for ourselves to make healthier choices. It’s similar to the standing desk example—by default, we set ourselves up for success.
We constantly ask ourselves whether we truly need interventions like vitamins or additional support. Often, the answer lies in simple activities like playing Frisbee or riding a bike. Sometimes, we overcomplicate things, thinking we need excessive technological aids or supplements. In reality, eating well and engaging in enjoyable physical activities can fulfill our needs both physically and psychologically.
About a year and a half or two years ago, we moved to a rural countryside town called Barichada in Colombia. We made the conscious decision not to own a car. Now, I walk to get groceries every day, which takes around 30 minutes. By doing so, I automatically get fresh air, sunlight, and time with nature. These unstructured, free activities provide me with relaxation and recovery without adding more structured practices to my already full schedule.
At a health and fitness conference, I saw a chart that left a lasting impression. It highlighted the health habits with the greatest impact on longevity and durability. Surprisingly, community and close connections with family and friends ranked far above practices like sleep, exercise, and nutrition. This made me realize the importance of having a strong support network and nurturing relationships.
While we are not avid meditators, regular exercise has always been crucial for my mental health. It is important to acknowledge that taking care of the body is essential to prepare oneself for mental and emotional well-being. One speaker at a perform better Summit summed it up perfectly by saying, “Sleep is the closest thing we have to a magic pill.” Sleep plays a fundamental role in overall health, and prioritizing good sleep habits can yield incredible benefits.
Unfortunately, taking care of our health has become associated with restrictions and limitations for many people. It’s often focused on what we can’t eat or what we should have done differently. We need to shift our mindset and be kind to ourselves. Perfection is not the goal. There will be days when we indulge too much, eat the wrong foods, or lack sleep. Acceptance and self-compassion are key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle in the long run.
In a nutshell, our approach to mobility and health is about redefining the norm and establishing supportive environments. It’s about incorporating simple, sustainable habits and prioritizing connections with others. By focusing on the big picture and being kind to ourselves, we can unlock our body’s true potential and lead a fulfilling, health-conscious life.