Exercise, nutritious fresh food, positive relationships and relaxation are essential for a healthy lifestyle. What is often overlooked is the affect of a varied range of movement and body position on our wellbeing.
What do you ‘feed’ yourself daily? What impressions does your environment make on your body? The impact of walking barefoot on the grass as opposed to wearing shoes on concrete.
A healthy body requires a variety of ‘pressures’. The ‘pressure’ is the impact of the environment on your body. The clothes and shoes we wear and the spaces that we move in all have a pressure. For example high heels or boots as opposed to bare feet, like a spacious room compared to a cluttered one .
Our body position in that environment also affects our muscles usage and circulation. For example the difference between sitting on a chair and kneeling on the floor. There is a risk of becoming stiff and reducing our range of movement if we do not use it.
Modern appliance are a valuable addition but we must not overlook how it has changed the way we move. Squating, sitting on the floor, kneading and wringing washing, grinding spices in a pestal and mortar use the body in unique ways. Let alone the difference between walking or cycling to the local shops rather than automatically jumping in the car.
With the time saved by modern technology let’s take care that our leisure time does not become more sitting. Many back an hip problems are aggravated by too much sitting.
You may find it hard of make time to exercise. Bring movement into your day and your body will begin to feel stronger and more flexible. Exercise will come naturally. Enjoy the freedom of body and mind.
How to get moving?
Can you walk or cycle to any of your weekly activities/ work?
Find a couple of movements that feel good in the morning and do them most days. For example arms up to the ceiling, out to the side and down.
Get up from your desk and do some stretches for a couple of minutes. Do this throughout the day.
Sit on your chair in different ways. Sit on the floor sometimes
Walk whenever you can
Dance (even around the kitchen)
Be playful and creative
Move like no-one is watching
Begin to notice your movement diet- what body positions any movements in what type of environment? With awareness comes the opportunity for positive change.
Inspired by Katy Bowman’s book “Move your DNA”