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Take Back Your Health from Immobility Pandemic

Updated on October 2, 2016
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Fellow of the RAD Institute of Choreology. Books published by HarperCollins "Take Back your Health with Body Awareness".

Living an outdoor lifestyle and being comfortable with the elements gives strength, health and happiness.
Living an outdoor lifestyle and being comfortable with the elements gives strength, health and happiness. | Source

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.


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 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
  • crawling
  • squatting
  • climbing
  • hanging
  • swinging
  • digging
  • carrying
  • 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.

Lying flat on the floor to correct posture.
Lying flat on the floor to correct posture. | Source

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?

Don't lose your head, it's got your brain in there!
Don't lose your head, it's got your brain in there! | Source

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

You don't actually shrink with age, merely suffer an over-curvature of the neck and spine.
You don't actually shrink with age, merely suffer an over-curvature of the neck and spine. | Source

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

Teeter Hang Ups EP-950 Inversion Table With Healthy Back DVD
Teeter Hang Ups EP-950 Inversion Table With Healthy Back DVD

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.

Kids just love to go upside down.
Kids just love to go upside down. | Source

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

Wing Yoga Swing - Antigravity Yoga Hammock with Straps Daisy Chain - Red
Wing Yoga Swing - Antigravity Yoga Hammock with Straps Daisy Chain - Red

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

Relaxing in a backward curve
Relaxing in a backward curve | Source


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.


Here is the promised Poll Challenge

How many of the following basic essential moves do you include in your daily movement vocabulary?

See results

To Conclude

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.

© 2016 JULIETTE KANDO - You may link to this article, but you may Not copy it. Copied content will be reported with a DMCA notice and will be removed.


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      Juliette Kando 2 years ago from Andalusia

      Hi Becky,

      You can probably plug in your earphones to your laptop or tablet to hear the video.

      Good luck with your recovery.

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      Becky 2 years ago

      This really works great! TY. The only thing is the your video sound for ear phones, there's none. There are a lot of people that are actually Deaf or going deaf like me. I have to take my hearing aid out of my left ear to hear it. I really would love to hear it. PLEASE! PLEASE! Active the sound in ear buds. There are a lot people out there that would be interested in these methods. Especially me...

      I'm in deep Pain all the time. Anything would be better than taking medication. I had a really bad Car accident. I look normal, There's a lot of things I can not do, like I can't Vacuum the Carpet, Sweep the kitchen floor, Wash clothes, Buy groceries, Shop around, and a lot of other things. I can Straighten my bed or change my fury blankets on my bed, wash dishes Stove & counters, Water my plants and clean up, but sometimes that makes me hurt too. I use to Workout everyday, 4 hours a day. Just Richard Simon and the oldies, I would go for walks, take vitamins and Protein shakes. I accidentally pulled a Muscle in my leg been down ever since. My son bless his heart does everything now and he loves it. My car Accident left me with 3 vertebrae's out of place. I need surgery because the Vertebrae's are separating and I need spacers in between them. So when I get out of bed I scream hurt a lot. I also pulled my hip out of the socket too. My bad, I wasn't wearing a sit belt back in 1987. The two prangs in the gear shift standard car,

      drilled a hole in my leg and caused my hip to come out of the socket. I missed work so I could go shopping with my mother, and my mother and I in the same got hit head on in a car accident. My mother broke the bone that protects her heart. There's nothing the doctors could do for her. It heals on it's own, feels like heart burn. I also hit my Knee on the Dashboard so I had a hallo bruise on my knee. My head it the Windshield, and shaved off one inch and a half of my hair on by forehead. I also had a hallo bruise on my neck which was so swollen that my neck looked like it was connected to my chest. I also broke the top of my left foot, the bone that goes to all my toes and broke 3 toes and had a Cast to sleep with and that's horrible too. I must have pressed down with my elbows on impact, because if I get cool air on my elbows slightly I hurt badly all night. The lady didn't have insurance, and nor a Drivers License. She didn't even own of the car, it was her friends. She total both cars, not fixable. My mother and I were really hurt, what a mess. My Mother had insurance and I had insurance from my job at that time.

      So you see I'm not a Skinny Minnie either, but I did workout every day started out slowly. I was way up there working-out in bed, Sit-up & Leg lifts. I can't pull or twist very good because I easily come out of place.

      I have tripped over my Stair Climber and landed on the floor screaming for my son when he's home to help pull me off the floor. I have two left feet, all my life even when I was thin. Tripping upstairs, Falling down stairs lol. I'm thankful for what I have been through and where I am.

      But...I would love to do this Exercises and bring my health and Body up to par. Feeling good about myself and gradually working-out and walking 10 miles again soon WOW! Great!! My neck is feeling good doing these exercise your showing. "To the future and Beyond"

      I grew up eating Sweets in my family and we are workers too. I love over-time. I learned how to bake before learning how to cook. I have more than 7 years of cooking classes. I make the Tortilla Dough and my son rolls them out and cooks them. I still cook for my son I love to do that, but there are days I just have to much pain and he the cooks.

      I also love dancing in the kitchen. My son grew up listening to oldies and he loves them too.

      People are getting fat Because...

      People eat a lot now there's Fast food! All you can eat! and fast food Pizza merged with Taco Bell. You might want Pizza only and than you find out they sell Tacos there too. Well let me have some of that.

      It's like that everywhere. You go buy groceries, going to the check-out

      there are more goodies well that looks good I'll buy it. It's not even on your list. It's everywhere. Buy online I say, but how about them apples!

      "Were on the fast track"

      Southern California'

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      Juliette Kando 6 years ago from Andalusia

      Thank you Janine, every little bit helps.

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      Janine 7 years ago

      Nice to find information on fitness which makes some good sense as opposed to advertising torturing fitnes equipment and products that do no good to anyone. Well done Sue.

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      Juliette Kando 7 years ago from Andalusia

      Thanks Barry, glad you get something out of my work. I hear what you're saying Magnoliazz about some parents who are not a good example to their children. I know we are not here to judge but to educate, yet think about parenting: you need a license to drive a car, to keep a dog and yet anyone can bring children into the world with no training what-so-ever in parenting skills. The law can only intervene when it's too late. Lucky are those kids who have grand parents to help in the task of bringing them up and pass on tried and tested values for life's increasingly demanding challenges.

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      magnoliazz 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      I think you are on the right track. People get turned off with the thought of exercising, and it really does not make any sense to do something over and over again mindlessly.

      My approach to a normal weight is to get out there and start growing some of your own food. Living in Wisconsin on a Christmas tree farm, I have a big garden, I also gather food from the woods and surrounding countryside in season. Walking through the woods, hunting for food is man's oldest exercise and effective in keeping the weight down. There is something about being outside in the wind and sun that regulates the appetite.

      I also tell people with a weight problem to take a look at their housekeeping skills. Many overweight people that I know also live in a filthy house! Just watch the show Hoarders, those people are usually lazy and overweight.

      My German grandmother, who would have made an excellent Nazi, instilled a work ethic on her grandchildren at a young age. She always had "chores" for us to do before we could sit and watch TV. To this day, I cannot sit down and relax unless my house is in order. How some people can sit there and watch TV with an ounce of dust all over it is beyond me.

      Growing up, I thought my German grandmother was "mean", but now I know she taught us valuable lessons in life, like if you keep your house clean, you will also keep your weight down from that activity alone! How many times have I seen an overweight friend pay big money for an exercise program, while their house looks like a bomb hit it! They would be money ahead if they would simply stay home and clean their house and at the same time they would be making a giant step toward being slim for life, plus they would be teaching their kids the same things. How many times have you seen an obese child sit there in front of the TV because that is all mom and dad does?

      Being fit and healthy can come naturally and easily, we just have to reclaim what is really important in our lives and cut back on some of the stuff that is not so important, like endless hours in front of the TV and computer.

      I like your hubs, because they take a different approach to health and fitness, and that's exactly what we need if we are going to get this younger generation into a more healthy state.

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      The hubs you have on movement and the body are very good and really interesting to me. Keep up the great work. Look forward to reading more of them !

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      Juliette Kando 7 years ago from Andalusia

      Thanks James. The Body Furniture is to be found at

      I haven't had a chance to mention it on hubpages yet.

      take care,


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      James Casey 7 years ago

      Hi Sue, that's great info. My friend used to have one of your chairs and it was great for me and the kids.

      Are they still available??



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      Julo 7 years ago

      I agree with you about the obsession with food. In the sixties people were obsessed with sex, now it's food. I enjoy reading your hubs and trying out some new moves for a change. Good work and thank you.

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      Juliette Kando 7 years ago from Andalusia

      Thank you Frances. I really hope my hubs take off as I'm so passionate about my subject matter (how to move like a dancer among the crowds) because it makes you confident and healthy. I have so much more I would like to share with every one. There aren't enough hours in the day to get it all published as quickly as I wish but bear with me, I'm working as hard as I can.

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      Frances 7 years ago

      Great idea! Will check back soon for more, love the pics.

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