HOW MUCH DO YOU SIT and how does that affect your spine, joints and core muscles?
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Driving to and from work?
Sitting at work?
Sitting for eating, breakfast, lunch, dinner?
Watching TV/DVDs, sports, BOX SETS!?
Using internet NOT related to work (phones, tablets, gaming etc.)?
Sitting for other reasons such as playing an instrument, sewing, reading, model building (I should have had shares in Warhammer when my son was younger)? Stopping for a cuppa?
Driving kids around to after school clubs?
Basically include all activities in your day.
So out of the possible 1440 minutes available in your day, how much of those 1440 do you MOVE? Take off the minutes sleeping and that is the time available, are you making the most of it?
Your body will adjust to what you ask it to do day after day, so if that is sitting, it will find a way to allow you to sit for hours on end.
Problems then arise when you suddenly decide to get fitter and/or lose weight and hit the gym.
Suddenly a structure that has adapted to a sedentary lifestyle is asked to try and run on a treadmill, lift weights, stretch beyond joint ability and comfort and a lack of muscle strength, core control and a strong spine all start to suffer, in some cases with more than mild muscle aches.
Your body is thinking 'What the heck! I'm not kitted out for this lark! '
Why? Because your body has trained to sit and sit for hours of day, it's not 'trained to train'.
So if you are going to embark on a fitness regime, start intelligently. Start by looking closely at your posture and alignment.
Then find out what the ideal is and see how far you are off that.
Use that as your blueprint to improve not only your muscle tone but to improve you posture and alignment.
This will bring rewards not only in looking better by standing taller, but allows your joints, spine, shoulders, hips etc, to move freely and without restriction as they are designed to because they are not restricted by tight muscles or other structures such as tight fascia.
This is how all our classes are structured..simple and effective. Classes start w.c 4th September. Check out our Foundation Classes for Beginners, Reformer Classes and Core mat Classes.
Karen Grinter, Mum, Pilates Teacher, Back Pain and Exercise Specialist, Business Owner and Millie's Owner!
"Pilates in my practice is mainstream, and Northants Pilates is a first class outfit that I wholeheartedly endorse."
Mr Nick Birch, Consultant Spinal Surgeon