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Change Your Chair

IMG_9127.JPGMost chairs are a similar height so the difference in the vertical change we make (from standing to sitting) on a daily basis varies little.  Obviously, a taller person has to lower themselves further to sit in a chair than one of shorter stature.

The important point is how often one *varies* the vertical distance traveled. The body habituates itself so well, that it learns and remembers how far away a chair is… And the musculature necessary to accomplish the task quickly adjusts to only whats needed (and little more).

Given enough time and limited movement, even the same chair can become difficult for someone to get into, or get out of.  We’ve all witnessed the elderly struggling to sit and stand…  Truth:  If we don’t use muscle, we lose muscle.

How do you know if you’re headed down the path to losing muscle?  A few clues are sure indicators

1. Using your hands and arms to lift yourself out of a chair

2. Difficulty getting fully straight and upright after sitting.

3. Inability to lower yourself all the eay down into the seat of a chair (*crashing* down the last 1″ or more).

Keep your muscles guessing – and strong – by changing what you sit on as well as where you sit!  Try standing  up more often throughout the day, too.

 

Babies Crawl

With our ever increasing ‘sit’ time – whether in front of computers, television, commuting, or flying – less movement means our bodies are suffering in different and profound ways.  Namely, bones aren’t quite as dense as they once were;  muscles aren’t as developed;  even our faces are differently shaped (just look at the jaw line on a Franklin!).

There is a new movement in exercise fitness (pun intended).  Some of the smarter health professionals are getting back to the basics and integrating more foundational movement patterns.  Because we are losing what initially contributed to our development and balanced alignment, CRAWLING is making it’s way out of the playpen and into the gym.

To start off my 2015 exercise focus, #MoveEveryday, I’ve been crawling through the house.  From the kitchen through the living room and down the hall is 20 full crawls.  And just to be clear, there isn’t anything special about it.  It’s just, you know, crawling on my hands and knees.

The results I’ve experienced are pretty incredible after just a few days:  I have this old SI injury that holds a pattern of tension from scar tissue – that isn’t tense anymore;  It used to be difficult to reach the colander on the top shelf – no problem now;  My ribs had a slight flexion pattern that effected my neck rotation – no flexion, full neck range of motion.

The down side:  There is something wonky about my left knee because it sounds like so much crunching.  I have to limit my crawl time on the hard wood until I can get my knee aligned.   But that won’t stop me entirely – show me some carpet, and I’m down on it (with hands and knees).

2015 is sure to be a transitional year – let’s make the Move to ‘Healthier’, together.

People Sit

IMG_1567There is no denying it – we live in a ‘sitting’ society. With so many chair styles, from straight backed to saddle to ergonomic, it’s hard to choose the one that’s best for you. Do you need lumbar support or mid-spine support? Is your neck bothering you or do your feet dangle?

So many different chairs to to sit in, yet each body can illustrate poor posture in any number of combinations.  Most notably, the forward head position in relation to the spine and ribs is cause for concern whether the chair is hardback or ergonomic.

What you don’t know *can* hurt you. No matter what type of chair you choose to sit in your muscle strength (or weakness) ultimately dictates your body alignment. And it’s your alignment, not the chair, that determines symptoms:  Whether you feel ease or pain, both are ‘posture’ based.

Discover your sitting patterns. Learn how to sit better and what constitutes a good sit (versus a bad sit) in the 21 Day Static Movement Event beginning January 6.

“But let us sit and be merry.”
The Country Wife, 1675 William Wycherley

BODYWISE’s Corrective Alignment and Integration Therapy (CaIT) is body mechanics and physical engineering rolled into one beautiful package to better your life.

Don’t let your body decline, and don’t blame it on ‘aging’ – our bodies were meant to move well our entire lives! If you’re not convinced, take advantage of  6 Days of Merry to Move You, go to www.bodywisebodywork.com/merry to see the Day 6 offer.

Fast Reproaching

Shore_overcastWhen Seasons Change:

What to do when time conspires against you

The weather is cooling and the rain is menacing.  For many, that means very little  time outdoors.  Less time outside begats less exercise.  Less exercise invites weight gain.  Add ‘The Holiday Season’ and the pounds spike up to numbers we’ve never  believed possible.

Studies indicate an average of 5lbs will be gained by people already carrying more weight than is optimal.  http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/11/22/the-skinny-on-holiday-weight-gain/

And what’s a few more pounds?  Yet, if you gain what’s typical (5lbs) every year, that’s a whopping 50lbs after 10 years.  And to take it one step further, will it be easier to change 10 years of habits in order to take off the weight?  Most people have a hard time making shifts that create change.

According to the National Institutes of Health, there is a very specific determinant that affects how quickly the aging process takes place.  Thoughts turn to genetic predisposition, environmental exposure, available food sources, etc.  However, the

Lifestyle choices are the single most important factor in reducing age-related body changes.  And it’s not just the choice of which desserts to choose from during the holidays – it’s the choices you make everyday of the year.

Most everyone knows what they should not eat and that exercising is good…

But how does one know  what should be eaten and what exercises to do?

  • First, understand what you don’t know.
  • Second, decide the goal.
  • Third, choose a plan of action.

If you need help, BODYWISE specializes in assessment, manageable exercises, and supporting your progress.  And because of the holidays, there is a special to celebrate you getting where you want your health to be…

www.bodywisebodywork.com/specials

Let me help you!  Make 2015 the year you do it right.