Just to illustrate my point and zoom into the topic quickly: I’m sitting in one of my favourite coffee shops, I just finished two long emails, and I’m now watching chocolate croissants being made, right in front of me:
The very well trained and skilled worker has been preparing the dough and is now cutting and rolling the pastry, he’s lining the finished rolls up on a big plate.
I want to sort our movements into categories and then assign them percentages. But what categories are there? And how much is of what?
How many of our movements are to achieve a task? Movements for work (like rolling chocolate croissants), cardio, hygiene, commute, communication (pointing, gesturing, facial expressions etc), …
How many of our movements are about fidgeting? Small, involuntary movements to keep the nervous system running in good condition, and to burn extra calories directly from glycogen. Movements like playing with the fingers, swinging an arm or a leg for no apparent reason, to scratch ourselves, play with an item in our hands, movements to push fluids in passive systems around, like the lymphatic system or macrophages beneath the skin. Wiggling, swinging, swaying, all the involuntary, automatic movements we do to keep joints well hydrated and to maintain a basic range of motion for each of them.
How much of a percentage are movements of life support, like breathing and the heart beat?
And then the category I want to get at, how much is movement learning? Actually, what is it, what is movement learning?
How much of our time are we dedicating to what? How could we identify and measure that somewhat comprehensively? And does it matter?
Did I draw this correctly? Is the part of movement learning the smallest? Is it really? And if it is, would that be a good or a bad thing?