Movement is our medicine

Human beings are designed to move and be active. Sadly, modern living and the ever increasing world of technology is encouraging us to become less active and mobile. Our bodies are designed to move through functional movement patterns or planes. In anatomy terms these are called Frontal, Sagittal and Transverse. 

Basically the front and back of the body, top and bottom of the body and right and left side of the body. Limited use and restricted movement over time will develop weak muscles, immobile joints, muscular imbalances, weight gain, affect organ function and our mental and emotional health to name but a few.

To safeguard our health and happiness we all need to move more! This sounds so simple but alot of human beings are risking their health by not taking simple steps to living a healthier life.

Some simple steps to get more active!

Walk more - taking a stroll during your lunch break, walking to the shops, using the stairs instead of a lift or meet up with friends for a walk instead of emailing and calling them. There are so many simple steps you can take. There are a vast array of small and cheap fitness gadgets on the markets to help you count steps, calories, fat burn etc.

Choose the right exercise or workouts that work for you. Moving more doesn’t have to mean enrolling into the local martial arts class or zumba class or even joining a gym. We could easily take 5-10 minutes out of our day to focus on mobility exercises. If these are performed at the start of your day, you can increase not only your movement but the function of both the mind and the body. If performed at the end of your day, mobility exercises can help to slow down the nervous system, decompress the spine, nourish fascia, ligaments and tendons and not to mention the mind!
Perhaps you relish the combination of strength and flexibility, yoga is amazing for this! Or is it the sharp and focused witts of a martial arts class? The movement and concentration of pilates? Working out in the gym? HIIT or tabata workouts that only require you to train for short intervals? These are just a few examples of how we are all different in the style of training and exercise we involve ourselves in.
So, if you’re reading this and feel as though you should get moving more, make sure your choice for movement will fit into your lifestyle and it’s also something that you enjoy! If your chosen activity feels like a chore, you will not sustain it!
Find what works for you, don’t be afraid to try something new and get out of your comfort zone!