You are how you move. Do you move well?
From infants to children to adults our movement patterns are formed. Learning to walk we failed all the time, but thankfully we never gave up and kept trying and then one day..we took our first step and we carried on.
So many people give up at exercise because it’s challenging. Thank goodness we didn’t give up at learning to walk!
The stuff that’s challenging is the thing that will change your body…for the better, so keep hold of that thought.
We have moved from wandering hunter gatherers to settlers farming to the industrial revolution and now the digital age.
The toll on our physical bodies (not to mention our emotional state) has been to lose all the amazing movement patterns that our body and joints are capable of.
As a hunter gatherer, you squatted every day..lots of times, you walked and ran, you pounded food, you threw things. Essentially your body had many many opportunities to move in many directions which kept your shoulder joints healthy, your hip joints mobile, your back muscles strong and your feet..well they really had to work hard.
Compare that to today. We have labour-saving devices do do our washing, cooking and cleaning. That's of course if you do it yourself and don't pay someone else to do it for you. You no longer have to get up to change a channel on the TV, you could stay slumped on your sofa all evening until your bladder makes you move!
At work and at home many of us sit in front of screens. Our arms are held in front slightly in one position for hours on end, maybe a bit of movement out wider with the mouse, the back to the keyboard. Or head hanging off the neck with the weight of the head texting.
With your head is jutting forward your neck is working hard to hold a very heavy weight, after a time the neck adopts a new position and that becomes our normal.
Our kyphosis becomes hyper kyphotic and we get the hump!
Our hips tighten up. We lose some of the range of movement and the ability to move our thigh bone back behind our hips. Our quads (front of thigh) lose their length and therefore are less efficient at moving us.
Our bum muscles get flabby and weak too, and spread out and as with other muscles are less efficient at moving us and allowing us to stand without pain.
Our back muscles are not challenged enough in this position so they lose tone and consequently another area of pain when we try and move.
IN ESSENCE YOU HAVE OUTSOURCED MOVEMENT!
"Pilates in my practice is mainstream, and Northants Pilates is a first class outfit that I wholeheartedly endorse."
Mr Nick Birch, Consultant Spinal Surgeon