Our bodies are meant to move, they are designed to move well and they are supposed to move often.
The next time you get up from your desk after a prolonged episode of sitting – feel how tight, stiff and sore your body feels, then sit back down and look at the angle of your legs.
It is no wonder when our legs are in a 90 degree angle for the majority of the day; at a desk, in a car, on the couch – that when we get up to stretch our legs…..
….. our calves feel tight, our hammies are tight, the glutes are sore, your back aches and your shoulder and neck hurt from being hunched over all day……
I get it – I have been where you are, and I have been there when I went back to a desk job after teaching – which was 100 times worse, after moving so often to being stationary.
Our bodies are meant to move.
If you don’t move often you will cramp up.
If you don’t keep moving your joints through a full range of motion as you age you will lose the ability to use these joints – sounds scary doesn’t it?
Well it is!
I used to do some remedial work with an elderly lady as years of inactivity had literally rendered her muscles useless, she couldn’t open her hands and could not get up out of bed without assistance.
If you want to be able to open jars, reach things up high (unless you are a short ass like me) squat down to pick things up or even do up your shoes, you need to move before it is too late.
I know for some people (heck even me sometimes) the thought of going to a gym is as desirable as watching paint dry – so find what you love, dance in your loungeroom, try something new, or try a different instructor.
Not to toot my own horn (ok just a little honk ) I recently had a lovely comment from a man new to my yoga classes, telling me that he hated yoga before, but loves it now due to the unique way I teach.
Now do not get me wrong – my style is not for everyone, and that’s ok.
Find an instructor you click with who makes you feel joyous about what you do and you will want to do it more often.
Work out what it is you love, and if it is dancing around while you cook – then do it – boom – make your meals and burn calories – that’s a double thumbs up in my books.
Think outside the box and don’t be afraid to try out some new things, but most importantly move move and move some more.