Let’s Get Moving!
Movement is vitally important for our overall health and wellbeing. As we exercise, blood flow is accelerated and the level of oxygen reaching our cells increases resulting in:
- increased energy and decreased stress levels
- increased immune function and expulsion of toxic substances
- improved circulation and increased cardiovascular function
- regulation of blood sugar and cholesterol levels
- increased liver function
- improved brain and nervous system function and
- improved strength, flexibility and balance.
Movement is also vital in the maintenance of strong bones, a healthy mobile spine and skeletal structure.
Problems result when movement is reduced or disturbed causing postural distortions (e.g. spinal or extremity injury) or when poor posture brings about alterations in joint movement, such as sitting or bending forward all day.
One of the most common postural distortions we see as Chiropractors is when the head is off-centre and pitched forward. Imagine carrying a bowling ball and how much more difficult it would be to carry it at a distance from your body! Your head weighs about as much as a bowling ball and when it is pitched forward it places tremendous stress on your entire spine, musculoskeletal structure and nervous system (i.e.from the top of your head all the way down to your feet).
This in turn impacts on the flow of energy throughout your tissues and organs, inhibiting your overall physical, mental and chemical wellbeing.
Steps we can take to achieve and maintain optimum posture and movement:
- Make sure your spine, nervous system and every joint in your body is moving well and functioning optimally. Our job as Chiropractors plays as major role in helping you achieve this through adjustments.
- Take time out every hour to stand tall, breath in deeply through the nose, open your chest and drop your shoulders as you slowly breath out through the mouth – repeat 4-5 times focusing on a strong upright posture. You may need to check in the mirror.
- Regular exercise 3-4 times per week that gets your heart racing; 20mins is good but you may need to build up slowly by doing 5min on and 5min off.
- Walk for 20 minutes every day and take the stairs where you can.
- Avoid sitting for longer than 30 minutes without walking.
- Stretch regularly and practice activities that involve balance, coordination and strength such as pilates, yoga, Tai Chi, dancing or boxing.
Remember, a vital component of gaining optimum vitality and wellbeing means staying active and maintaining a great posture! So, get yourself off the computer, the kids off the couch and enhance the great Chiropractic benefits your body is receiving by enjoying an active, healthy fun filled life.
Stand tall, get moving and watch your true potential unfold.