Take Back Your Health from Immobility Pandemic
Human physical behavior has been damaged by a common lifestyle that responds to industrial pressure. Sell, sell, sell more sofas for Xmas; then in January it's time for training away alcohol overconsumption and turkey fat at the gym. Despite industry's "experts" endeavors, ever since Jane Fonda, the population is getting sicker and sicker. The public's money and time are obviously wasted. What's wrong with the fitness industry? What is the immobility pandemic?
The Fitness Industry
In the fitness industry, very little attention is paid to a simple, yet so rich human body movement vocabulary we all possess deep inside our genes, from when we were more active as children, and long before that as apes. By taking you back to the roots of human movement behavior, with some useful tips and videos, this article hopes to reawaken your interest in your own daily body movements. You will soon discover how easy and how much fun it is to move better to become strong, supple, and agile again. Even better, no more time, money, effort and pain spent "exercising". But first we must face facts: why do I need to write this article? Because, I, as a 5 Foot 8 inches (168 cm) size12 female, I now belong to a minority. Everyone around me is podgy. Why? They are victims of the immobility pandemic.
The problem is that the fitness industry is too fragmented. Every fitness professional or institution wants a piece of the fitness pie with their own specialisation. Yet none of the vast number of methods, disciplines and techniques work if they are practiced exclusively.
Balance, flexibility, strength, agility, and being comfortable in your body comes from a relatively narrow spectrum of plain, ordinary, basic "forgotten", utilitarian moves that are becoming extinct in many adults today. What is a utilitarian move? Well a, for us extreme example, take the African village woman who carries 20 liters of water on her head for 5 km. To us, it's extremely skillful, they may.one day put that as an olympic sports feature. For the African village woman, it's normal, she does it every day. Let us not attempt it (yet). No, but some of the basic utilitarian moves we all need even if we do have plenty of chlorinated running water to drink and wash, are listed below for your challenge. Try them, and then fill out the poll at the end.
- lying the floor
- sitting on the floor comfortably
- jumping etc.
Those moves are natural in adults in very few remaining less "civilized" cultures. Take the challenge Poll at the end to find out how your personal movement vocabulary scores compared to others. Please be honest; the poll is anonymous, no one will know how you fare except yourself. But before that, what is the main cause of the immobility pandemic?
Tip - Squatting
Squat on top of the toilet to do your business for easier elimination.
We Lost Ground - Take Back Your Health
The main cause of the immobility pandemic is that we have lost touch with the most important thing in life. We have lost touch with mother Earth - contact with the ground, the floor.
Only our feet ever touch the ground, but even then, our poor feet are harnessed by damaging shoes.The consequences of the immobility pandemic are reflected by the present obesity, cancer, mental failure (depression), and alzheimer pandemics. But even closer to home, if you consider yourself "healthy" but you are a poor mover, then you are in trouble. For example, the action of catching oneself when stumbling or falling requires super rapid reflexes and the ability to move off balance through several levels in space (kneeling, crawling) before you hit the ground. A good mover can easily catch a fall unhurt. A bad mover may pull several tendons, dislocate the spine, or even break a bone from the same fall. Are you still wondering why the NHS balloon is ready to pop? Don't panic, the first lesson in movement is very simple: Lie down on your back on the floor.
First Movement Lesson - Lying on the Floor
Lie down flat on the floor (not on a bed) and see how comfortable you are. Use props as shown in the picture until you can comfortably lie on the floor without them. Surprisingly, lying on the floor is the best exercise you will ever do to get you started on your journey to becoming a good mover. Just close your eyes, breathe, and enjoy. As all good exercise should be, it uses gravity as your best friend; it is passive, restful, pleasant, and most beneficial. Once you can lie down on the floor comfortably without props you are ready to learn how to stand up with a correct posture.
Lesson Number Two - Posture
Building up a good posture begins at the feet. Then the ankles, knees, pelvis and thorax can be aligned but most importantly, the head should be carried directly above the spine and not in front of the body. Like a ball falling off a stick, the only way to stop those neck and upper back muscles from aching because they are doing over time, is to keep the head back and high with the, chin down.
Now you know how to lie down and how to stand up, let us explore the movement vocabulary between these two levels. How do we get up from the floor?
Over Curvature of the Spine
Did you know that you don't actually have to 'shrink' with age. Older people appear to become shorter because, during many years of focusing down towards busy hands, gravity has diminished the sponginess between the vertebrae and, rather like an accordion, 'folded' the spine somewhat.
You Don't Shrink with Age
Is this YOUR Movement Vocabulary?
If someone's day-to-day movement vocabulary consists of a limited number of actions ranging from sleeping, getting dressed, sitting, perhaps a little walking to the car, being at work (usually sitting), shopping, cooking food, watching TV or a computer, and sleeping again, then that won't do. Have you ever considered what chairs can do to our health? Watch the next video and be amazed.
Are You Chair Shaped? Loosening the Hamstrings
Tip - Carrying
Only buy as much food at the supermarket as you can carry walking back home.
Invert Gravity to Straighten Up
There are many ways to prevent shrinking by over-curvature. The key is to use gravity to the body's advantage rather than its detriment. For example, doing a headstand as in Yoga inverts the body and is a good balancing exercise. But think about it, in a head stand the entire body weight is carried by the head. Poor neck! Who, in their right mind, wants to carry their entire body weight on the top of their head? There are two better options to defy gravity. The first one is a Gravity Inversion Table, the second, a Yoga Inversion Swing.
1. Gravity Inversion Table
By using gravity to the body’s advantage rather than its detriment, correct alignment, mobility and strength can be regained. The degree of descent into the upside down or semi upside down position ifs controlled by very subtle arm movements.
The ankle closure system is designed to distribute weight comfortably around the ankle without affecting the foot or heel, allowing for a more comfortable, secure, and relaxing inversion experience.
At Last your Body Can Be Eloquent
Rather than aimlessly punishing yourself on torturing machines at the gym, consider improving your day to day body movements with the following recap:
- Become aware of your day-to-day movement habits
- Improve your posture, flexibility, strength and agility
- Be more comfortable, coordinated and confident in your body.
Weight loss then automatically occurs as a consequence of increased knowledge, improved movement habits, diet, and lifestyle.
2. Yoga Inversion Sling
Playing on an Aerial Yoga Swing is safely challenging and fun. The body weight is supported by a large piece of parachute material which allows you to move in many new, mysterious ways for greater strength and flexibility. While challenging your balance, it makes you discover new moves you never thought you could do and, with a little practice, the Aerial Yoga Swing will make you feel as lively as a young child again at any age.
Against the Norm to Re-balance
Many ideas for How to Lose Weight with Better Movements are a progression of a book published by Harper Collins that I co-authored with my sister: The Kando Technique, by Juliette and Madeleine Kando. The Kando Technique is based on a combination of many different physical disciplines like yoga, Tai-chi, ergonomics, feng shui, ballet, tap, street dancing, and early child development. A healthy cocktail indeed.
The Kando Technique
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Here is the promised Poll Challenge
How many of the following basic essential moves do you include in your daily movement vocabulary?
The loss of basic movement functions in the body is grotesque and progressive. With an excess of beds, sofas, chairs and tables, things, stuff and gadgets the obesity problem can not be solved by talking about food and exercise only. Alongside the food scandal destroying human health, the fitness and pharmaceutical industries take advantage of the food industry victims. It is time we took our health back into our own bodies. I hope that "Take Back Your Health from Immobility Pandemic" has opened you eyes, your body and brain to a new, more sensible approach to getting better. Don't forget to take the poll, share, leave a comment or ask a question.
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