Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Outsourcing Movement

Economics is all about finding your comparative advantage (the thing you do well) and focusing on that and then paying others to do the stuff you don't do well. We couldn't have the technology we have now if everyone had to do everything themselves. But what if we are outsourcing too much of our movement?

I'm not just talking about the millennial nonsense of getting all of your stuff as home-delivered subscription services. Having an Instacart delivery instead of doing your own grocery shopping is an easy example of outsourcing your movement.

What about when you buy the pre-washed tomatoes instead of washing it yourself? Someone had to wash it.

What about when you buy the tomatoes in a nice plastic package so you have one easy thing to carry? Someone had to put them in there. Going farther - someone has to pick those tomatoes.

We evolved having to do the picking, the washing, the preparing. Going through our day doing our normal daily things automatically gave us the moments we needed. I could go on a rant about how we don't move all day and then pay for gym memberships to cram that movement in an hour, but I won't because I want you all to pay for gym memberships.

What if your lack of movement is imposing other movement on someone else? You not picking your own tomatoes means that someone has to pick them. So instead of you getting a little bit of squatting each day to get your 1 tomato, someone has to spend hours in a field for a full season to get all of the tomatoes. So you're not getting the moment you need and they're getting too much of one kind.

What about the movements that you save when you do your 1-click purchase with free shipping on Amazon Prime from your smart phone? Someone had to be working in an open-pit lithium mine to get the ore for the battery of that phone.

Katy Bowman's whole idea of Movement Ecology means that we are all part of the same ecosystem. Your actions (or inactions) drive market forces that ultimately mean someone else somewhere else is doing movement for you. You are interconnected across all of space with everyone else. Your actions echo across the world.

What happens when we run out of people do to our movement for us? It can only scale so much. If you remember my weird connection I made yesterday between Movement Ecology and Energy Actuarials, you can start to see where I'm going: our use of fossil fuels is consuming the movement of past plants and animals. So we are interconnected across both space and time.

More on that tomorrow with part 3 of my insanity.


row 500 / run 400
crawling lunge
10 KB swings or snatches
double KB overhead lunge
10 TGUs or windmills
10 goblet squats
5 pull-ups or push-ups or dips


squat 8-8-3x8


2 pull-ups + 2 dips between strength sets

Group Workout

row 2k for time
last benchmark workout of the year!


4 rounds:
:30 sec hollow hold
10 v-ups


2 minute bar hang


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