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  Exercise and your Body

Exercise is an essential part of any healthy lifestyle. Not only does regular exercise help to maintain overall fitness and manage weight loss, it can lower the risk of many life-threatening conditions¹.

People who exercise regularly are likely to live longer and enjoy a better quality of life. In fact, studies have shown that being physically unfit is just as dangerous as smoking in terms of lowering life expectancy².

Regular exercise can also benefit emotional wellbeing and helps combat stress and depression.

You may have numerous excuses as to why you do not exercise such as ‘no time’, ‘I’m so busy at work’, ‘I can’t afford it’…However even a short brisk walk will help improve your health, and won’t cost you anything!  Even better, join an outdoor class – get motivated by your trainer and get that essential healthy fresh air in your lungs.

Any exercise option is a good option.  No more excuses, start now!

¹ NHS Direct – UK

² NHS Direct – UK

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Our posture presents itself as a result of our own unique genetic makeup and lifestyles and this affects our overall health and well being. By lifestyle, we mean a combination of your occupation, nutrition, family and relationships, past times, exercise program, sleep habits and overall daily stress and our ability to cope with our daily lifestyle and pressures involved.

These factors need to be addressed before venturing out and starting an exercise programme that in turn could make your short and tight muscles even tighter, your long and weak muscles even weaker. Over time this will just exasperate your postural imbalances and could ultimately bring on degenerative changes and pain.

Weve all seen the classic posture, hunched upper spine, forward head and rounded shoulders bought on from hour upon hour seated at your desk job, in the car or slumped on the couch. This is just reinforced by then going to the gym and repeatedly doing set after set of bench presses and crunches (god forbid on an Ab roller!), reinforcing and strengthening you in this hunched position.

How do you know if your exercise programme is helping or harming you? Ask yourself these questions.

How does your exercise program make you feel, does it bring on any joint or connective tissue pain during or afterwards?
Do you feel your posture is changing for the worse?
Are you recovering from your exercise program or is it leaving you feeling wiped out for days?
Do you suffer insomnia after training?
Are you improving and getting the results you want from your program?
Sound familiar? If any of these are relevant to you then its time to get a corrective stretching, mobilization and exercise programme prescribed. Its time to build functional mobility not dysfunction.