You don't know what you've got until it's gone.
This is so true when it comes to our own bodies as I have discovered during my life journey.
I was in my twenties and saw some of my work colleagues looking quite rosy cheeked and slightly breathless during a lunch break. Curious I asked what they had been up to. The reply came "Oh, we've been to a lunchtime exercise class". They explained a bit about the class and I decided to go along. (From what they said, it didn't sound that it was too strenuous, after all I did use my bicycle alot.)
Well, what a revelation that was!
The exercise moves were not difficult but the amount of aerobics was enough to make me feel slightly breathless or at least raised the pulse. I suddenly realised that I wasn't as "fit" as I thought I was. By that I mean that things that I could quite happily do in my teens (just because I was more active) were not as easy to do 10 years on. When did that happen?! The body doesn't send signals that it has changed - it had simply adapted to my lifestyle - which wasn't very active!
Surprised by this silent decrease in "fitness", I decided to join the exercise class. Gradually I saw an improvement - I could now carry on a conversation while exercising! Lunchtimes were actually fun!
Your body is your history. It is constantly adapting to what you are doing. It can become stiff and inflexible as you become less active or it can beome responsive and supple with increased activity. Research seems to be showing that a positive adaptation to increased activity continues even among the elderly!
Remember the body is designed for movement. If you've been a bit of a couch potatoe, you may be surprised at what you can't now do.
So maybe "you don't know you've got till it's gone". Get active, develope some body awareness. Give it time. It now seems that "it is never to late to start"!
The invisible body - what body "facts" have you grown up with?
Yesterday, I examined one of the body facts that we all accept: the body will heal itself. The problem with this is that sometimes I see clients who should have sought help much earlier than they did. The recovery time frame would have been much shorter and they would have been able to do the things they wanted much sooner!
Today, I want to look at another body fact: ageing.
You grow up with the fact of ageing: you won't be able to do what you used to do: you find you can't run as fast as before, you can't touch your toes like you used to. When you mention these problems to others, you are told: "What do you expect? It's your age."
If you accept that ageing as a process of decline, you accept the fact that you won't be able to do what you used to do. Life seems to become ever decreasing circles of being able to do less and less. But wait a moment.
Your body adapts to what you do and for most of us that means slumping over our computers, reclining on the sofa to watch TV, sitting in our cars and driving for miles. Our posture is just a variation around of theme of sitting down in various slumped positions. The tissues in your body adjust to this posture so that when you stand up you start to look like you are sitting down! This short, tight tissue limits your movement so can't do what you used to do.
But what if you changed what you normally do?
What massage therapists and other people who do bodywork know is that your body tissues retain some elasticity and plasticity . Become more aware of what you are doing. Get guidance on stretching and posture, you can do more of what you used to do!
Massage/bodywork is a great way to increase your body awareness and to improve your body's flexibility. Put a spring in your step with massage!
The dangers of modern living
We have all heard of DVT but the media coverage has tended to link this with flying. DVT's aren't solely linked with flying. Our inactive lifestyles are a major contributing factor such as sitting for long periods of time, driving long distances, etc.
What are the signs of a possible problem?
If these signs fit, then you need to quickly see your GP to rule out a DVT.
Look at http://hcd2.bupa.co.uk/fact_sheets/html/Deep_Vein_Thrombosis.html for further information and more details relating to DVT symptoms.
A recent study has suggested that women who are not very active are at more of a risk of DVT. Women who sat for more than 41 hours were at greater risk than women who sat for less than 10 hours/week. A short review is available here: http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2011/07/05/get-moving-more-health-risks-of-sitting-reported
Bascially, remember to try to put a bit more physical activity into your day. Your body will definitely thank you for it!