Get Out!

We feel so strongly about training outside or as naturally as possibly for so many different reasons. Here are a few…

+It reestablishes our feels-One of the main missing ingredients from modern training and physicality is the tactile component. Look at any gym and you will see everything is very sterile, smooth and consistent. But the reason we train in the first place is to prepare for the dynamic endeavors we love to do like surfing, mountain biking and trail building to name a few. All of these require you to perform in a multitude of different situations, climates, terrain and actual contact with tools and toys is of vital importance. It is advantageous to mimic those components to maximize our investment of time.

+It is Science man!-Many scoff at our obsession with the outdoors and think it is just hippy dippy hogwash. Science now though proves otherwise. Here is a recent study amongst the many.

A new report published today reveals that exposure to greenspace reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, preterm birth, stress, and high blood pressure.

Populations with higher levels of greenspace exposure are also more likely to report good overall health — according to global data involving more than 290 million people.

Lead author Caoimhe Twohig-Bennett, from UEA’s Norwich Medical School, said: “Spending time in nature certainly makes us feel healthier, but until now the impact on our long-term wellbeing hasn’t been fully understood.

“We gathered evidence from over 140 studies involving more than 290 million people to see whether nature really does provide a health boost.”

The research team studied data from 20 countries including the UK, the US, Spain, France, Germany, Australia and Japan — where Shinrin yoku or ‘forest bathing’ is already a popular practice.

‘Green space’ was defined as open, undeveloped land with natural vegetation as well as urban greenspaces, which included urban parks and street greenery.

The team analysed how the health of people with little access to green spaces compared to that of people with the highest amounts of exposure.

“We found that spending time in, or living close to, natural green spaces is associated with diverse and significant health benefits. It reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, and preterm birth, and increases sleep duration.

“People living closer to nature also had reduced diastolic blood pressure, heart rate and stress. In fact, one of the really interesting things we found is that exposure to greenspace significantly reduces people’s levels of salivary cortisol — a physiological marker of stress.

It is FUN!-This is self explanatory!

Join Mocean365 for a new MovNat Elements Workshop, October 20th, Eugene, OR

We are stoked to be leading another Elements workshop on Saturday, October 20th from 12-6 PM at The Strength Lab in Eugene, Oregon.  The skills you learn will allow you continue with your own MovNat training and dramatically improve your ability to perform in every aspect of your daily life. We hope you are able to come out and get into Mocean with us! Email us with any questions.

New Video featuring Mocean365

We were recently approached to be subjects in a film project by a local UO student, Owen Schatz. He initially was filming for a men in action sports theme but after shooting with us it quickly evolved into something different.  We are really happy with the end result and wanted to share it with you. Have an awesome day!

Trailmates from UO SOJC on Vimeo.

How to shred forever by Mocean365!

We are obsessed with age in our culture and write off athletes with laser like precision when we deem them getting along in years. No one can talk about Tom  Brady without talking about his age and making that a focal point. If you have read or glimpsed at his new book, you will see the work and dedication he puts into staying healthy. This post of course is not about traditional specialized sport though. It’s about the art of the shred. Whether you want ski , bike or surf till your 100, there are some undeniable truths to see this happen, or at least help(most of the time).

Here is Ryan Nyquist shredding this year still keeping up with the young guns.

  1. Treat your body like a tool-Your body(which includes your mind, all one), is all you got. If you want to send it while getting senior citizen discounts, we need to keep our body sharp, in tune and running as well as possible, just like tools. As Yoda once said, “Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose”
  2. Luck-We can do all the right things and follow everything to a t with our life but..we walk out to our car one day, get in and BAM never wake up. Or we get sick and die. Or a slew of other things could happen to us. This is reality but brings up the importance of #3.
  3. Have fun, enjoy the process!-We need to love what we are doing if we intend on doing it forever and our outlook on life in general needs to be inspired to complete our mission. As Alan Watts said, “Man only suffers because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun”!
  4. Give back-We are born in tribe and we are dependent upon the tribe throughout our life. One way many extend their careers is to become a mentor, coach or guide to others.Your journey and all of its beautiful and horrible, trials and tribulations can serve as a blueprint for young grommets/whippernsappers, whatever the fuck ya wanna call the next gen, send them a bone ok Mr Miagi/Yoda?!
  5. Be grateful-You realize that to dedicate your life to play, as serious or hardcore as you want to make it seem, is really a big game right? Our grandfathers weren’t galavanting around whining about which carbon fiber wheels they were going to get or fighting online with other dorks bout their strava times, they were logging, fighting wars and working their asses off everyday with little idea if it was all going to work out. They paved the way so be grateful you little %^*(!.   Hard to believe the amount of RBF we see at events, trailheads and at the surf breaks. Get over yourself, be happy and spread stoke and be compassionate of others, you got it?!

20 Years of Outdoor Movement Coaching

2018 marks a milestone for me as it is now 20 years since I first began incorporating fitness/movement in an outdoor setting.  Pretty proud of that achievement and even more so that it began in a pretty conservative area(coastal NH/Maine), not exactly trend setting areas!

It seemed natural..the indoor setting of the gym’s i had been training people out of seemed foreign to me with the Tv’s blaring and hamster wheel cardio machines and goofy outfits and the whole scene. More so, it was through my interactions with people everyday as a trainer who were craving the outdoors. This was pre social media and smart phones etc of course but the longing was still there. My first movement concept was called Perpetual Mocean and the moniker was “Movement in a Sedentary World” which again was pretty much a call out to the times.

I started small initially just carrying some hand weights outside with clients and hiking in a bit on trails and then doing fairly traditional exercise. This slowly evolved into packing the weights into kayaks and kayaking out to islands and doing exercises and really took off from there!

I had never heard of anyone doing this and there was no MovNat or Exuberant Animal and no so called natural movement gurus. The only reference i had was a great book about Outdoor Conditioning which actually did all the exercise inside but the concept seemed obvious. You want to train for the outdoors, why just wear a backpack on a step mill (which i did lots of) when you can just get outside and train!?

Pretty stoked on the evolution and how things come full circle. WE will be celebrating this milestone and stepping up efforts because now more than ever is the time. We are truly living in a sedentary world and it is ruining our world. WE are here to stop this insanity! You onboard? 

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