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21/Aug/2018

Mindfulness walking and the Alexander Technique

Walking is one of the healthiest exercises.

However its not so much what you do it the way you do it.

Your body loves the flowing, perpetual rhythm of walking, but have you noticed, it doesn’t always feel that way. We often feel the compression of time, rushing to get to a particular destination, head cluttered with thoughts, breathing stilted, stiff joints and muscles; and not very present in the activity of walking – particularly if is a very familiar route.

Walking can be a very natural easy activity, however we bring our own unique habits and characteristics into walking.

Consider for a moment your particular way of walking, and what habits and patterns may accompany your walking?

I was out walking recently and need to ask for directions to a well known venue, I knew I was very close by, however what I noticed was nearly all the people I was going to approach had headphones on. This really made me wonder what they were listening to, where were there thoughts were. I imagine they were listening to music, radio, podcasts, audio books and lots of other interesting things.

Look around today and so many people are using mobile phones, their heads pulled down into these devices, (causing potential damage to the body), narrowing their field of vision, often clutching bags with tight hands, arms, shoulders and shuffling or waddling on their feet.

Think for a moment of some the strange walks you’ve noticed – how and why do people get into these awkward habits? Most people aren’t even aware of the way they walk.

Our habits and patterns of walking and moving are influenced by how we feel, our self- image, our view of the world, our culture, fashion our communities, family, job/title, peer group, celebrities and popular culture.

We have an innate desire to imitate and model those around us we admire or aspire to be like. Think of people that may have influenced how you walk or move, this could have been when you were a teenager, or even your earlier formative years.

The way you think and the way you feel and your self-image have a big influence on how you walk and carry yourself.

So the quality of thinking and we bring to the activity of walking is fundamental – this awareness then enables you to distinguish and identify habits, so you can choose them instead of them choosing you. Remember most of your habits are blind spots. Walking is one of the best ways to practice and implement principles of the Alexander Technique.

This first thing is to become very curious about walking, begin to notice your rhythm and pattern of walking, what are you thinking or feeling when walking?

How do we become present and poised in the process of walking?

You can make a commitment and declaration to be present to your surroundings, your body, your senses, your thoughts, actions and reactions.

Becoming present will have an immediate influence on how you walk; it will take you out of your automatic pattern/habit, which will have you be more purposeful, poised, balanced and coordinated in your movements.

These are some thoughts and directions you can bring to walking.

Think of your head floating up on top of your spine. Think of being light, think tall, think of your shoulder being open and wide.

Your eyes affect the balance of head and the body which influence you movements.

Let your eye line be level with the horizon. Don’t look down at the floor – it displaces your head and puts you out of balance. The rest of your body then has to compensate.

If you do need to look down, think of your eyes rolling down or your head releasing on top of the tip of your spine – so your whole  head and neck isn’t pulling down.

Mindfulness walking and the Alexander TechniqueKeep a sense of the space all around you.Use your peripheral vision, think of expanding your vision

Keep a sense of the space all around you.

Think of everything coming towards you, rather than you walking and pulling (rushing) towards everything. You can think of the future coming towards you.

Think of the ground- the earth giving you support. Sense the feet meeting the ground and the ground meeting your feet – allow the feet to roll spread, open and widen as they meet the ground

Notice the weight that falls into each foot, is it equal? Is it light?

Notice the movement in the pelvis and shoulders when you walk.

Ideally there will there be a counter rotation of the pelvis and upper torso/shoulders, which provides a natural mechanism for maintaining a natural spiral movement thought the spine when you walk.

Are your arms swinging freely at the sides, are your hands clenched, is your jaw tight, are you frowning. When walking let the knees bend easily and release forwards and away from each other.

When this is all working well is like a four wheel drive, the cross pattern of your two arms and legs are synchronized and flowing

We always move easier when we smile; be playful, your just collecting information, gathering data, cultivating awareness and presence. Think of your back life is always pulling us forward, we are so front orientated we forget our backs. Your not judging, comparing, just observing.

When all this works well gravity becomes your friend; gravity works to support you.

So remember to think tall and light, so as to walk more freely and easily, with poise and balance. As well as being great exercise, walking is a wonderful time to work with some Alexander Technique ideas. It doesn’t have to be a walk in a special place, just your regular walk

Here are four tips to try out:

1) Don’t keep looking down at the floor – not only is it boring, it displaces your head   forwards on top of your spine and puts you out of balance. The rest of your body then has to compensate.

2) Use your peripheral vision. Don’t glaze over, or tunnel vision in on one thing.

3) Keep a sense of the space all around you – beneath your feet, above your head, in front, to the sides and behind you.

3) If you are walking well, you are moving forward whilst releasing downwards and falling upwards. This stimulates postural reflexes that send us up against gravity – we ‘fall up’ in an easy and free way while walking.

Take a moment to think of indigenous tribes and cultures; they often characterised a very natural walk easy harmonious walk.

Remember we always move better with  a smile.

 

 


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21/Aug/2018

Inhibition and Direction = primary flow.

Inhibition and Direction are at the heart of F.M Alexander’s discoveries; and when practised and applied to your daily activities; you will begin re-discover your poise, presence, balance and ease.

So what do these principle procedures mean? And how can they be of  benefit.

Inhibition simply means stopping or pausing before you move, react or go into an activity. Inhibition is not to be confused with the Freudian meaning, where we feel inhibited or shy. The developer of the Alexander Technique used this meaning long before the famous psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud.

As you begin to notice some of your movements, and how much effort you apply to an activity, you will then have an opportunity to inhibit (Stop or pause). This creates the possibility of a responding, acting or moving in a more conscious and poised manner.

 Awareness is fundamental to noticing your actions, reactions, and habits.

Alexander said,“ the work” is primarily about how we choose to respond to our own thoughts and emotions, to sensations, to appetite, sexuality, discomfort, fatigue and pain, how do we choose to respond to criticism, to praise, to deadlines, to the wind?

How do we interact? How do we adapt? How do we relate? How do we receive? How do we play the game?

So very simply if we stop or pause there is that magical moment of awareness, and in that moment we have choice, where can direct the course of our thinking or actions, we can choose a new plan of coordinating ourselves. This has the potential to stop harmful habits that limit and diminish your poise and get in the way of your ability to fully express yourself and feel alive.

 We are bombarded with a constant stream of internal and external stimuli.

Stopping or pausing creates a space, a clearing, and a space of nothing, a clean slate, and an opportunity to create something new – choosing a new path, direction, or response.

The famous psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s – (Auschwitz Holocaust survivor) quote sums up Inhibition and direction perfectly: See picture below.

 

Directions and inhibition are interlinked and work together.

Alexander described the Primary Directions as “an ideal state of ease, freedom and expansion in the human organism. The directions are never something you try to “do”, but rather a flow of conscious thought that’s directed from the mind to the various parts of the body (the directions are a way to prevent you from unnecessarily tensing or collapsing) while in activity.

They are as follows: I allow my neck to be free,

So that my head can release forward and up,

So that my entire torso can lengthen and widen,

So that my knees can release forward and away,

(Forward and away means specifically that your knees release forward from your hip joints and away one from the other)

So that my heels can release down (into the floor or ground)

Keeping in mind that the Directions are preventative by nature, you can also think of them as: I won’t stiffen my neck, I won’t pull my head back and down, I won’t shorten my spine or narrow my back, I won’t lock the back of my knees and tilt toward my hips, I won’t pull my knees in toward each other. I won’t stiffen my legs and feet.

Instead I’ll let my weight pass through my spine, pelvis, legs and feet so that I can release up and away from the ground.

Whenever you see anybody moving with great ease, confidence, balance and coordination, they are usually moving in the manner described here in the Primary Directions (whether conscious of it, or not).

A great place to start to practice the directions is when you lie down in constructive rest or walking. As you begin to practice you will begin to notice how much more release and expansion you get. Notice how your breathing gets easier. Notice how you calm down. Notice how you become more present, more connected to yourself and your surroundings. If you practice daily, your ability to direct yourself gets clearer, stronger and more efficient.

Make a commitment to use yourself more consciously in your activities. Practice using them as you cook, drink tea, talk, walk, work at the computer, and sing anything can be made easier by directing yourself in a conscious way.

 

 


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21/Aug/2018

Yoga is growing like wild fire. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people practice yoga in the USA, and the UK is catching up.

Why has yoga become so popular?

The overwhelming popularity of yoga can be attributed to many things. Accessibility, affordability along with the association of ancient spiritual wisdom and a healthy lifestyle, all make yoga very attractive.

Other perceived benefits of yoga such as a lean, strong flexible body, being calm, present, balanced, connected to body and soul, getting rid of back-pain, depression, anxiety; the antidote to a stressed busy mind and lifestyle are also very appealing.

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Many yoga teachers and students experience injuries caused by how they practice yoga. What I have come to notice, through attending hundreds of yoga classes, is that many people begin yoga hoping to alleviate stress, tension and achy joints, but often, in their pursuit of nirvana, reinforce already existing habits of poor use and coordination.

These (repetitive patterns of movement) habits are usually caused by simple, everyday activities, such as sitting, walking and standing; being pulled into smartphones or computer screens; and a lack of knowledge, awareness and understanding of how the body functions as a whole integrated system.

We unwittingly bring our (repetitive patterns of movement) habits into the yoga class, most of which are unidentified, what I refer to as our “blind spots,” because we are usually unaware these blind spots exist, they are therefore difficult to stop.

“The things that don’t exist are the most difficult to get rid of.”
We cannot stop doing something we do not know we are doing. F.M. Alexander

 I see this in yoga all the time – students trying to get the pose, position or sequence “right” and, in the process, unwittingly reinforcing already existing, poor habits.   

Why are so many people getting yoga injuries.

Western culture is very competitive, result and goal oriented. It’s often this end-gaining attitude of wanting immediate results and a “get it right” mindset that result in excessive tension and injury.

“The process is much more important than the goal.”

The genius that developed the Alexander Technique said, “It is not the degree of ‘willing’ or ‘trying’, but the way in which the energy is directed, that is going to make the ‘willing’ or ‘trying’ effective.” F.M. Alexander.

“Trying is only emphasising the thing we already know.”

Yoga emphasises the qualities of listening to the body, giving quality attention to detail, correcting, adjusting, guiding, not being ego and result oriented. However, we tend to bring our individual character traits and ego into the practice of yoga. We often look around the yoga class to compare, for guidance or feeling we need to be able to do what the other people in the class are doing and becoming very competitive. What I see in others, I can see in myself.

Being aware of our characteristics and habits, and not being so goal, oriented, listening the the body, breath, and having a good understanding of the biomechanics, alignment and balance of the whole self, will create more ease, flow and presence and hopefully prevent injury altogether.

We bring our (unconscious) habits into everything we do.

Many of the yoga classes I have attended over the years do require a great deal of strength, flexibility, endurance, coordination and balance, which are some of the amazing benefits of yoga. The western version/fusion of yoga usually involves various breathing techniques, a sequence of postures, balancing poses, inversions, headstands, shoulder stands, handstands, backbends, seated postures and other Houdini like contortions of the body.

Your body/mind has to be in really good condition to withstand the pace of many yoga classes today. (if not it’s likely you will get injured) 

Popular classes or teachers will usually have lots of students, so no matter how much of an expert, or diligent the teacher is when guiding and making adjustments, it is impossible to observe and guide everyone.

I have attended many classes where teachers do not make corrections or adjustments. This can be for all sorts of reasons, but I’ve noticed that in many cases, people simply do not like being adjusted or touched or the teacher doesnt want to cross that sensitive boundary

So how do we address some of these issues? How can we avoid injuries?

How can we work more intelligently, intuitively to experience ease, flow, precision, balance and poise?

I believe the Alexander Technique addresses many of the underlying causes of injury by understanding our faulty, sensory perception and habits of movement, function and body design.

In many cases, how we perceive ourselves in any given activity or movement can be very different from what is actually happening. This perception is what F.M. Alexander called, “faulty sensory perception.” The basic premise of the Alexander Technique is identifying these unconscious habits and to recalibrate our sensory awareness, (kinaesthetic sense), and learn to undo many of these things we are doing that causes so much tension and pain.

I have been practicing Yoga for over two decades and I am fortunate to say that I have never been injured. I believe this is a direct result of practicing and teaching the Alexander Technique.

The Alexander Technique can be applied to any activity; I would call it a brilliant pre-technique, which can accompany and enhance any activity with awareness, poise, precision and balance.

The method has been around for over 120 years and is practiced all over the world; endorsed by renowned academics, scientists, medical profession, famous actors, singers, musicians and athletes. The Alexander Technique is an education in rediscovering your natural alignment, balance and coordination in anything you do.

Starting lessons with a highly skilled and trained Alexander Technique teacher, (all accredited teachers complete a three year full time training), to observe the biomechanics of the body, will also have you see your undistinguished habits. The teacher will use their skilled hands and carefully crafted words, along with other tools to release the unwanted tension and guide the body, you will experience the potential you, rather than the habitual you.

The common experience after an Alexander Technique lesson is an overall sense of feeling lighter, grounded, poised, calm, present, free, connected and balanced.

A course of 20-30 lessons is recommended to learn the basic principles and procedures in order to apply them to any activity.

To find our more about the Alexander Technique or to find a fully certified teacher near you check the following links:

http://www.alexandertechnique.co.uk

http://www.alexandertechnique.com


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21/Aug/2018

Trying to hold yourself up is just as tiring as feeling slumped and collapsed. There is a whole industry including the media advising us about all the things to do and all props and apps to buy to maintain good posture. My colleague Adrain Farrell points this out in his excellent article about posture;  he says “good posture is the absence of bad posture”
 or a much better word than posture is poise.
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feeling constrained?
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Do you know of any animals that go the gym
Posture is dynamic, not static or a position as most people think. Being an expert on posture, people often ask me what is the best posture or position? often my quick reply is; “the best posture is the next one, (in other words move and don’t get stuck in anyone posture) were not designed to be stuck in chairs, being stuck in a chair all day  is the equivalent of putting an animal in a cage, we soon lose that dynamic muscle tone and balance you see in animals, young children and athletes. This causes all sorts of long-term health issues.  You don’t see animals going to the gym pushing weights and running on treadmills. They are also not as susceptible to all the various injuries that go hand in hand with sitting for long hours each day or many forms of exercise including yoga.
If you want to discover an intelligent, kind way to get to know how your body works in harmony with its natural design; instead of pushing your body like it’s a mechanical machine and then being surprised when you are in pain or don’t perform well.  Then come and treat yourself to a lesson and find our how the Alexander technique might benefit you.
The Alexander technique has been around for 120 years and is endorsed by the medical profession, the NHS, renowned academics, scientist and may public figures.
I teach regular classes, 1-2-1 lessons  & workshops in Central London: visit my website for more details.

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21/Aug/2018

I attended a silent 10 day Vipassana retreat which inspired me to write this article.  All of the activities were conducted in complete silence. Eating was one of the rituals I most enjoyed; as it allowed me to be completely immersed in the whole process of eating, which was an amazing experience. I had time to notice my habits around eating, such as my posture and how quickly I usually eat; also to consider the whole journey of how the delicious vegetarian food arrived on my plate.

This made me think about how noisy and distracting eating usually is, and how there has been a fundamental shift in what we eat, and the way we eat in the last two decades; which is having a big impact on our health. We live in a world of fast foods, eating out, takeaways, microwave/oven dinners, a bombardment of information, distractions and visual pollution. Like many habits, eating is not that conscious for most people.

Food is our most intimate connection with nature, when we eat food it is an information and energy exchange. Our cells depend on the vibrant energy and information that heathy nutritious foods provide. The nourishment that is provided through the practise of healthy eating is a gift. As we become more conscious, we will spontaneously make more healthy food choices.

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We often gulp food down without giving our attention to taste, texture, smell, colour and sensation. We spend little time to consider where the food is from, how it was cooked, grown or produced. The decline of eating meals at a table is also more apparent than ever, with 35% eating their breakfast in front of the TV or smartphone, and almost half eating dinner while watching TV slouched on the couch.

 

Research has shown that being present while we eat plays an important role in digestion and the amount of food we consume. If we’re distracted we eat more! Also, the mind forgets we had a meal when distracted so it’s likely we will be snacking later; so eating when relaxed and collapsed in front the TV, or working at a desk, on a mobile device, or on the move isn’t such a good idea: also it’s wise to remember that after eating it takes about twenty minutes for the brain to give the body the signal that it full.

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If you are stressed, or in a rush when eating, you don’t digest your food properly. This can be the cause of all sorts of health problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, constipation,  acid reflux and heartburn to name a few.

The good news is many of these common problems can be reduced or eliminated if we are organised in a more poised and balanced way; this give us time to eat and adopt healthy eating habits.

I  truly believe the Alexander technique is a wonderful life skill that addresses the demands and challenges of contemporary living.  So much of what we do is habitual, eating and movement come under this umbrella of unconscious habits. At the heart of the Alexander Technique is a very simple idea, which is being present and poised in your activities. Eating is a great activity to practice being present; when we are present there is the potential for more ease, poise, balance, grace, appreciation and satisfaction.

Here are a few ideas that can lead to a much healthier attitude and approach to eating.

These five basic Alexander principles can be used when eating. I would like to add that it is best to have lessons with an Alexander teacher for these ideas to make more sense and  more importantly to experience some of the wonderful benefits.

See if you can begin this practice with just one meal a day.

(1)  Awareness: Identifying your habits around food, how do you eat, are you stressed? Rushed? Distracted? Are you collapsed on the chair/sofa?

(2) Inhibition: Stopping yourself from doing the unhelpful habit. This could be poor posture, being distracted, eating too quickly and not tasting and chewing food properly.

(3) Means whereby: This is where we consider the process of eating, rather than the end result. Explore the taste, smell, sensation and colour. Think about the journey of how the food got to your plate, how you eat, how tight are your shoulders, hands and jaw when you eat?

(5) Primary control.  This brings our attention to the delicate relationship of the head relative to the rest of the torso. In other words, are you compressing your body when you eat? What is happening to your posture? Is your head poking forward and down into your plate?

(6) Force of habit: This is one of the biggest obstacles to change, noticing how strong your  habits are around food. This is where the help of a teacher is really valuable. How easily are you distracted, slumped, rushed and tense when you eat?

(7) Mind wondering: This is where the mind wonders off. Notice how easily distracted you are.  I find not having a mobile phone helps. Also by creating the intention to be present will be enormously helpful.

When you choose to be mindful around the habit of eating,  you are less likely to shovel the food down, or be slumped over the food.  You can consider your relationship to your body and the food, and you can ask the questions are you comfortably erect? Are you present?  These questions can have an immediate influence on the quality of your eating habits and posture, all of which impact our health.

Give yourself enough time to eat.

Give a blessing or thanks for food, a moment to consider how the food got to you; the sun, earth, water, growers, producers, packers and delivery vehicles etc, and people who don’t have food.

Hold the utensils lightly in your hand, noticing if the grip is tight, even swapping the knife and fork around, to get you out of your habit of always holding the knife or fork in the same hand.

A great way to practice being present when eating is to ask a question about the food, such as what’s the taste like? The texture? Colour? Smell? Origin etc?

Chewing your food is really important; do this as slowly as you can you, will get to experience the full sensation, smell and flavours of the food.

Eating is so primal and necessary to life; it can also be one of the great healthy pleasures in life, or it can turn into another unhealthy habit.  Enjoy exploring healthy mindful eating habits which can transform your health and give you greater vitality and enjoyment.


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21/Aug/2018

The Alexander Technique Is an amazing practical tool to help bring life’s  experiences alive. Much like a musical instrument needs tuning to come alive; the Alexander Technique is a tool to tune all of our senses which brings the mind, body and spirit alive.

This work is remarkably simple but not easy, it not about learning more like informative learning it’s transformative learning which means we take away what in the way of you being natural, awake and alive.

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barefoot walking is so grounding and healthy

I was out in the garden walking bare foot with students today, touching the earth, awakening ourselves to the wonder of  nature, it is so rewarding to share this gift of being alive and tuning ourselves up; which helps us rediscover our natural sense of ease, poise and balance. Spring! is a great time to wake up and feel revitalised and awake, we can see with new eyes and a fresh perspective, here are a few thoughts on seeing with fresh eyes.

Our vision is usually the dominant sense; it is how we gather most of the information about the world.

 

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When we look at an object/subject this is changed by the observer, science calls this the observer effect.

We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.

As the saying goes “we only see what we want to see”

We don’t experience life with fresh eyes, as a child does.

A child has the quality of a beginners mind, seeing with excitement, awe, wonder, passion, vividness, clarity, sharpness and alertness.

We place meaning, opinions, judgements, evaluations and a personal test on everything we see and often relate it back to a past experience.

So the experience is never a fresh new experience as would be experienced through a beginners mind.

Seeing with a beginners mind, we can give up the arrogance of knowing, instead have the curiosity of not knowing, which will engage and stimulate interest, freshness and looking with new eyes.

Imagine being blind for years then suddenly being able to see.

How much excitement, interest and curiosity would be present?

I’m sure it would be quite magical seeing for the first time.

Spring is a great time to start to see with a beginners mind.

Creating the possibility of seeing with complete attention.

Having a whole new excitement about seeing, curiously interested and engaged, allowing and inviting what you see with bright open eyes.

Looking for colour, texture, depth, light and delight in what you are seeing.

Also a great practice is looking into people’s eyes, really being with them, we so rarely do this. I also practised looking into my own eyes, I did this for 5-10 minutes a day for a whole week. I have never done this before, It was quite an experience. This will be a good practice for being with others and looking into their eyes, something we don’t really do so easily.

Really practice looking and being curiously engaged for no reason.

Also see if you can maintain awareness of your body, balance and coordination., in other words, we want to be extending and expanding in the body, not pulling down and compressing.  This will improve our overall functioning of the body including vision.

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Most importantly have fun! Notice all the things you don’t normally notice. Think of having a light spring! in your step and a smile! on your face.

 


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21/Aug/2018

  “Use it or lose it”

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As you get older your balance decreases,  but this doesn’t have to be the case. Balance is often neglected and not appreciated and if we don’t use it or maintain it, we lose it. 25% of falls among older people are caused by poor balance.

If you improve your balance you will see lots of other benefits, such as better coordination, posture, more ease in movement, being more alert, increased capacity to breathe, more energy, being more present, less fearful and prone to injury.

So what interferes with balance, and how does balance deteriorate?

Here are some of the most common reasons; excessive tension, getting older, lack of exercise, gravity, lack of awareness, injury and sedentary culture.

These are some solutions, suggestions for improving and restoring your balance.

There are many parts of the body that help to maintain balance, but the principle mechanism for balance are the vestibular sensors in the ears.

The vestibular sensors in both ears are designed to keep the body aligned over the center of gravity.  Have you ever had a bash in the ear, or you spin around, this upsets the balancing mechanisms causing you to feel dizzy, equally if the head is well balanced on top of the spine in such a way, that head is going upwards relative to the spine and the spine is lengthening; this facilitates optimal balance in the spine and ear sensors.

Proprioception (body position awareness), and vision are equally important,  these parts work together, contributing equally or relying more on one system or two, to keep us stable and balanced.

Your eyes tell you how our body is oriented with the ground. They help you stay upright. You only have to close your eyes to appreciate the importance of vision; most of us start to sway ever so slightly. Try closing your eyes and lift one foot off the ground; you’ll appreciate the stabilizing effect of vision.

The feet are often overlooked but also play an essential part in balance.

Footwear is often about fashion rather than comfort or support.

Most peoples shoes are to small or pointed, with heels that are too high, shoes need to be foot shaped.

Practice being present with you feet, we live predominately in our heads, when you get present with your feet you are more grounded, supported, balanced and present in your body, you will discover your connection to the surface of the earth.  I love to walk on the grass, the earth, the ground with my shoes off, whenever and wherever possible,  by doing this you take the negative charge from the earth, which is really healthy,  healing, balancing and energising.

Challenge Your Balance.

If you are a regular walker, try walking on rough terrain, take advantage of it to challenge your balance. Frank Forencich, an exercise expert and human biologist says: “Every little rock, every uneven root, every slippery patch of moss…boosts the detection of tactile signals. It wakes up the sensory nervous system and makes your body smarter.”

Click on picture below to see how beneficial it is to walk on the Earth.

You are an Electrical Being, and the Earth's Surface is Electrically Conductive
You are an Electrical Being, and the Earth’s Surface is Electrically Conductive

One-legged standing exercises are some of the most effective and challenging; doing it while keeping your body still, relies mainly on proprioceptors in your feet, ankles, and legs to maintain balance.

Balance on one foot at every opportunity; for example, while shaving or brushing your teeth, standing or waiting somewhere. This will develop your proprioception, which is your sense register which gives you a sense of space, balance, orientation and equilibrium.

Closing the eyes makes it harder, challenging more receptors. The vestibular system kicks in only if you struggle to stay still- again wobbling is good, because it wakes up all the stabilising muscles.

Falls or injuries will create a mindset where we will avoid exercising, which limits movement, resulting in inactivity, stiffness, being fearful. This eventually decline is so evident in elderly people; wonder how they became so tight and stiff. Often it was a minor fall that started this decline.

Balance, once we start to loose it, it can become a slippery slope.
Balance, once we start to loose it, it can become a slippery slope.

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21/Aug/2018

Is your job killing you?

Sitting for long hours is associated with so many health problems.

Your body loves smooth perpetual movement, like walking, swimming, dancing and exercise; but all too often we take our existing poor (posture) coordination into our activities,  re-enforcing the habits and tension.

Below are a few suggestions and videos, which when practiced can make an enormous difference to your health and well-being.

Awareness is key – identification of postural habits. We are so close to our habits and are often unaware of how they affect us.

It is important to be aware of how we relate, adapt and interact with technology and the environment that surrounds us. An example could be, as you are reading this, you are being pulled into the screen, upsetting the balance of the heavy weight of the head (10-12lbs), resulting in compression in the neck, spine and back. This a major common cause for work related upper limb disorders and back problems.

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Is technology sucking you in

 

 

 

 

 

Having an accurate body map and learning body mechanics helps to improve posture, balance and coordination.

Most people’s concept of how the body moves and functions as an integrated whole is very limited or misleading.

When most adults move; the movements are very fragmented and uncoordinated, this is clearly seen when adults are bending or picking something up from the floor.

Instead of bending in the hips and knees, the bending is in the back causing stress and unnecessary tension.
Instead of bending in the hips and knees, the bending is in the back causing stress and unnecessary tension.

Watch this example of a child picking up a box. This is carried out very naturally, the child is using his body in accordance with its natural design, with very little effort, ease, freedom, poise and balance.

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Notice the natural squatting action in the bending and lifting. Adults lose the ability to move like this, we see squatting as unsophisticated and unnatural, we think sitting in chairs is more natural. Chairs only came into common use about 100 years ago, before that we were all squatting, just like half the world still does.

 Look how agile flexible and lean these old folk are in picture above.
Look how agile flexible and lean these old folk are in the picture above.

 

This is one of many skills you (re) learn to become proficient in when having Alexander Technique lessons. It is a very dynamic movement where all the antagonistic muscles and bones are working dynamically and smoothly, this keeps the joints and muscles in good healthy working order. Look how agile, flexible and lean these old folk are in the picture above.

The half way position between squatting and standing, is used is many sports, you will naturally adapt to this position when playing tennis, skiing, golf, boxing, snowboarding and cycling. There are also many other examples. This a position of mechanical advantage, it is strong, flexible and dynamic and allows more freedom, balance coordination, stability, and strength.

 

squatting, the hinge joints in the ankles knees and hips all open and free. and a long back
squatting, the hinge joints in the ankles knees and hips all open and free. and a long back

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


21/Aug/2018

Epidural injections offered by doctors seem to be very a popular choice for back pain sufferers. In my opinion as an Alexander Technique Teacher, this is a very short term solution, and doesn’t address the underlying causes. Which I think is often caused by lifestyle, stress, tension, compression, unhealthy lifestyle choices, sedentary culture, sometimes a genetic constitutional weakness in the spine. There seems to be no real education about how to look after the spine/back/body/mind- in day to day living.

Back pain sufferers are often given very specific exercise, which are often performed at home, the gym or clinic. Many of these exercises are carried out with little awareness of how the entire body functions as an integrated whole. Too much effort, haste and tension often accompanies the exercises which often exacerbate back pain conditions.

The Alexander Technique address mechanical, coordination problems, stress, and compression of the spine. Its a practical educational method of looking at every day movement such as sitting, standing, walking and lifestyle; Its no quick fix, as people hope the injection will be, but it can have remarkable, long last result as well as many other benefits.

Many of my pupils have avoided the perils, of needles and surgery from having a course of lessons in the Alexander Technique.

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Do epidural steroid injections work to ease back pain? </p><p>These injections offered by doctors seem to be very popular choice for back pain sufferers. In my opinion as an Alexander Teacher, this is a very short term solution, and doesn't  address the underlying causes. Which I think is often caused by lifestyle - stress, tension, compression, unhealthy lifestyle choices - sedentary culture, sometimes a genetic constitutional weakness in the spine. There seems to be no real education about how to look after the spine/back/body/mind- in day to day living.</p><p>Back pain sufferers are often giving very specific exercise, which are often performed at home or in the gym or clinic. Lots of these exercises are carried out with little awareness of how the entire body functions as a whole. Too much effort, haste and tension is often accompanies the exercises and existing poor coordination and habits can and often do exacerbate back pain conditions.</p><p>The Alexander Technique address mechanical, coordination problems, stress, and compression of the spine. Its a practical educational method of looking at daily living and lifestyle- Its no quick fix as people hope the injection will be, but it can have remarkable, long last result as well as many other benefits. Many of my pupils have avoided the perils, in needles and surgery from having a course of lessons in the Alexander Technique.</p><p>www.poisedandbalanced.com</p><p>These are some post below from people who have had the epidural, its really disappointing, there is so much money to be made from medical spinal procedures.    </p><p>Chris Graham I've had numerous injections and not one of them helped at all. I refuse to be poked with needles in my spine anymore.<br />Like · Reply · 5 · about an hour ago</p><p>LuAnn Smith Mine didn't work at all for L5-S1 arthritis and the side affects weren't fun at all. I stopped after second set of two. Why does it work for some and not for others? Would love to know the answer to that question...<br />Like · Reply · 5 · 2 hours ago</p><p>Karen Moore Used to get them,ruined my spine!<br />Like · Reply · 2 · 2 hours ago</p><p>Stephanie Thomas Lmt If injections help at all it is only temporary. Pain returns with a vengeance. Once you teach your body it doesn't have to make it's own pain killers, the pain is 10x worse once the steriod wears off. Then you addicted to the injections. I used to work in a pain clinic. Serial steroid injections over a long period of time is one of the biggest scams out there. Also, alot of ppl with a chronic pain condition receiving serial injections are also on an oral opiate medication to 'help' with pain. Why are dr's putting patients on the same regimen used to phase out the terminally ill? Chronic pain in itself is not a terminal illness. Its time 'drs' stop 'practicing' medicine & start demanding an education on how to manifest healing.<br />Like · Reply · 4 · about an hour ago</p><p>Terry Koczorowski Not always. Be careful with those, can decrease bone density<br />Like · Reply · 1 · about an hour ago</p><p>Traci Mounts No I had the and spinal blocks, and the injections in joints, etc. Nothing worked, I'm worse than when they started.<br />Like · Reply · 1 · about an hour ago</p><p>Jennifer Cerene They work for a limited amount of time....but what are the side effects?<br />Like · Reply · 1 · about an hour ago</p><p>Les Wood No side effects at all.<br />Like · about an hour ago</p><p>Jennifer Cerene No immediate, but down the road, thinning of the bones, my mother is experiencing this as we speak.....<br />Like · about an hour ago<br />Nicholas Brandon</p><p>Terri Cope Lattanzio I have had these on a regular basis for the last 30 years. They NEVER numbed anything and they hurt like hell. They never worked for me. But, if i didnt let the dr do it he refused my meds. Gota play the game i guess<br />Like · Reply · 1 · about an hour ago</p><p>Pamela Jane Moran Made me worse.<br />Like · Reply · 1 · 2 hours ago</p><p>Heidi Pavlich Isbell They didn't help me, I have herniated discs. I stopped at the second set of two<br />Like · Reply · 1 · 2 hours ago · Edited</p><p>Eileen Otto No<br />Like · Reply · 1 · 2 hours ago</p><p>Les Wood Ditto had 2<br />Like · 1 · 2 hours ago</p><p>Mark Newcomer Ditto had 3.. Then had to have 3 surgeries.<br />Like · 1 · about an hour ago<br />View more replies<br />Nicholas Brandon</p><p>Marybeth Cook Prickett Sue Bean, my dr said you need to have the nerve blocks before RF to ensure it's the right thing. I had my 1st set of RF in 9/13 & got 6 months of pain relief. I am now on my 2nd round. It is painful, the procedure, but worth it.<br />Like · Reply · 15 minutes ago</p><p>Sue Harmon A few years ago I had a few, I was in severe pain. I must say they did help, I know having too many are not good for your bone density. I now have chronic ongoing pain in a different areas from severe scoliosis. I need revision but that's no guarantee either.<br />Like · Reply · 19 minutes ago</p><p>Marybeth Cook Prickett Had 3 epidurals...1st one worked for a cpl wks, 2nd & 3rd didnt work at all.<br />Like · Reply · 20 minutes ago</p><p>Kristin McLaughlin I've had them- they not only made little difference if any- the last time I got permanent nerve damage by the doctor doing it because he hit the nerve- instead of around it like its supposed to. He would not stop although I was screaming in pain.<br />Like · Reply · 30 minutes ago</p><p>Heather Neal My condition is mechanical. Surgery is inevitable. Haven't had an ESI yet but I know it's coming because that's what insurance is going to demand. I'll play along once. And that's it. I will NOT tolerate doing them over and over and over again as a bandaid. I've done enough research to know how damaging steroids are to our bones. I've already been pumped with enough oral and intravenous steroids in the past year to last a lifetime. It's A Money Racket iMHO. Great if it works for u. But 30?!. Do u realize what u are doing to the rest of your body? I understand "surgery as last resort" but sometimes I think we need to take a step back and really look at what we are doing to ourselves all for the sake of avoiding surgery. My doctor put surgery into perspective for me... he said to think of it this way... A surgeon's livelihood relies on optimal success rates. They want u begging and at your wit's end. That way as a "last resort" if it fails. ..it doesn't look as bad on them. After all they were your only chance after trying everything else... just some food for thought. Be well!<br />Like · Reply · 31 minutes ago</p><p>Rochelle Bergren No!<br />Like · Reply · 36 minutes ago</p><p>Paula Sheppard They didn't work for me<br />Like · Reply · 57 minutes ago</p><p>Susan Buranen Bevardos I've had 6 sets of injections over the last year. It helped at first but less and less lately. Now I seem to have even more pain and looking into a spinal cord stimulator trial. Side effects (like hot flashes, weight gain, lowered immune system) are no fun either.<br />Like · Reply · 59 minutes ago</p><p>Kathleen Winslow Parsons No. Over the time period of 2-3 months I had 3 injections around L4, L5. I felt human for about 1-1/2 days. I finally resorted to surgery. If I had known this would be outcome I wouldn't messed around with the injections. I am glad that I had PT in the beginning and now in recovery I will begin my PT at home. It's nice to not be in pain again when standing.<br />Like · Reply · 59 minutes ago</p><p>Leia Collins I didn't feel any change. I had two.<br />Like · Reply · about an hour ago</p><p>Sue Bean I had 6 steroid injections (in one go) they worked for a few weeks, then 6 nerve blockers...no change, now I have to have Radiofrequency Ablation which I'm not sure about, still taking painkillers so if these injections are not working should I have the ablation????? eeeek...confused.com!!! xxxx<br />Like · Reply · about an hour ago</p><p>Iris D Jusino I've received so many injections I've got scar tissue all over the place<br />Like · Reply · about an hour ago</p><p>Keith Nth No<br />Like · Reply · about an hour ago</p><p>MK Jung I have had 2 operation with CT scan. In this time I took a long rest. It did work!!<br />Like · Reply · about an hour ago</p><p>Paris Wolf Spinal injections of long lasting anesthetic, and nerve ablation. Both helped. No steroids.<br />Like · Reply · about an hour ago</p><p>Beth Freund Welch I've had 3 and they absolutely worked for me! Each lasted about 6 months and I enjoyed each and every pain free day!<br />Like · Reply · about an hour ago</p><p>Vanessa Abukaeiba Didn't work for me. Was then told its because i have permanent nerve damage.<br />Like · Reply · about an hour ago</p><p>Natalie K. Corwin it did work and later on it started up again maybe need another shot.<br />Like · Reply · about an hour ago</p><p>Meggan Davis Yes and no. Sometimes they help and sometimes they don't been doing them for 2 years.<br />Like · Reply · about an hour ago</p><p>Sarah Kathy Finley Yes they did help me for a while. I think I had success because I got them from good doctors. I did end up having back surgery later because my back got worse.<br />Like · Reply · about an hour ago</p><p>Alicia Fernandez Philip It doesn't work...and I got a spinal headache from it and air in my brain... they did 3 blood patches and I was in the hospital for 6 days...and the headache lasted close 2 two months... ppl if you are going to get this injection make sure you get it done when they put you to sleep...it's less risky....<br />Like · Reply · about an hour ago</p><p>Amanda McDonnell Bird Yep 4 wks relief max made no difference long term<br />Like · Reply · 2 hours ago</p><p>Helen S Tomlin Not for me back had alsorts of treatments even microdiscoptomy didnt work<br />Like · Reply · 2 hours ago</p><p>Chester Hall In my case it lasted about a month and would have less affect every shot after that first set.<br />Like · Reply · 2 hours ago</p><p>Melissa Anderson Hall None has helped me and I have had over 30<br />Like · Reply · 2 hours ago</p><p>Michelle Miller Faux I get some every few months and they do help with the pain.<br />Like · Reply · 2 hours ago</p><p>Liliana Inostroza Nothing is only to take you money<br />Like · Reply · 2 hours ago</p><p>Wayne French no<br />Like · Reply · 2 hours ago</p><p>Maahi Teetotaler Can anyone tell me about<br />What is Epidural soft tissue<br />Like · Reply · 2 hours ago</p><p>Tery Davis Kempf No<br />Like · Reply · 2 hours ago</p><p>Katheryn Manion I heard its dangerous and the medication is not always approved for use in canada?? I live in canada...Lol<br />Like · Reply · 2 hours ago</p><p>Matt N Marcy Songer Thelongest they ever helped me was a half an hour.<br />Like · Reply · about an hour ago

These are some post below from people who have had the epidural, its really disappointing, there is so much money to be made from medical spinal procedures.

Chris Graham I’ve had numerous injections and not one of them helped at all. I refuse to be poked with needles in my spine anymore.
Like · Reply · 5 · about an hour ago

LuAnn Smith Mine didn’t work at all for L5-S1 arthritis and the side affects weren’t fun at all. I stopped after second set of two. Why does it work for some and not for others? Would love to know the answer to that question…
Like · Reply · 5 · 2 hours ago

Karen Moore Used to get them,ruined my spine!
Like · Reply · 2 · 2 hours ago

Stephanie Thomas Lmt If injections help at all it is only temporary. Pain returns with a vengeance. Once you teach your body it doesn’t have to make it’s own pain killers, the pain is 10x worse once the steriod wears off. Then you addicted to the injections. I used to work in a pain clinic. Serial steroid injections over a long period of time is one of the biggest scams out there. Also, alot of ppl with a chronic pain condition receiving serial injections are also on an oral opiate medication to ‘help’ with pain. Why are dr’s putting patients on the same regimen used to phase out the terminally ill? Chronic pain in itself is not a terminal illness. Its time ‘drs’ stop ‘practicing’ medicine & start demanding an education on how to manifest healing.
Like · Reply · 4 · about an hour ago

Terry Koczorowski Not always. Be careful with those, can decrease bone density
Like · Reply · 1 · about an hour ago

Traci Mounts No I had the and spinal blocks, and the injections in joints, etc. Nothing worked, I’m worse than when they started.
Like · Reply · 1 · about an hour ago

Jennifer Cerene They work for a limited amount of time….but what are the side effects?
Like · Reply · 1 · about an hour ago

Les Wood No side effects at all.
Like · about an hour ago

Jennifer Cerene No immediate, but down the road, thinning of the bones, my mother is experiencing this as we speak…..
Like · about an hour ago
Nicholas Brandon

Terri Cope Lattanzio I have had these on a regular basis for the last 30 years. They NEVER numbed anything and they hurt like hell. They never worked for me. But, if i didnt let the dr do it he refused my meds. Gota play the game i guess
Like · Reply · 1 · about an hour ago

Pamela Jane Moran Made me worse.
Like · Reply · 1 · 2 hours ago

Heidi Pavlich Isbell They didn’t help me, I have herniated discs. I stopped at the second set of two
Like · Reply · 1 · 2 hours ago · Edited

Eileen Otto No
Like · Reply · 1 · 2 hours ago

Les Wood Ditto had 2
Like · 1 · 2 hours ago

Mark Newcomer Ditto had 3.. Then had to have 3 surgeries.
Like · 1 · about an hour ago
View more replies
Nicholas Brandon

Marybeth Cook Prickett Sue Bean, my dr said you need to have the nerve blocks before RF to ensure it’s the right thing. I had my 1st set of RF in 9/13 & got 6 months of pain relief. I am now on my 2nd round. It is painful, the procedure, but worth it.
Like · Reply · 15 minutes ago

Sue Harmon A few years ago I had a few, I was in severe pain. I must say they did help, I know having too many are not good for your bone density. I now have chronic ongoing pain in a different areas from severe scoliosis. I need revision but that’s no guarantee either.
Like · Reply · 19 minutes ago

Marybeth Cook Prickett Had 3 epidurals…1st one worked for a cpl wks, 2nd & 3rd didnt work at all.
Like · Reply · 20 minutes ago

Kristin McLaughlin I’ve had them- they not only made little difference if any- the last time I got permanent nerve damage by the doctor doing it because he hit the nerve- instead of around it like its supposed to. He would not stop although I was screaming in pain.
Like · Reply · 30 minutes ago

Heather Neal My condition is mechanical. Surgery is inevitable. Haven’t had an ESI yet but I know it’s coming because that’s what insurance is going to demand. I’ll play along once. And that’s it. I will NOT tolerate doing them over and over and over again as a bandaid. I’ve done enough research to know how damaging steroids are to our bones. I’ve already been pumped with enough oral and intravenous steroids in the past year to last a lifetime. It’s A Money Racket iMHO. Great if it works for u. But 30?!. Do u realize what u are doing to the rest of your body? I understand “surgery as last resort” but sometimes I think we need to take a step back and really look at what we are doing to ourselves all for the sake of avoiding surgery. My doctor put surgery into perspective for me… he said to think of it this way… A surgeon’s livelihood relies on optimal success rates. They want u begging and at your wit’s end. That way as a “last resort” if it fails. ..it doesn’t look as bad on them. After all they were your only chance after trying everything else… just some food for thought. Be well!
Like · Reply · 31 minutes ago

Rochelle Bergren No!
Like · Reply · 36 minutes ago

Paula Sheppard They didn’t work for me
Like · Reply · 57 minutes ago

Susan Buranen Bevardos I’ve had 6 sets of injections over the last year. It helped at first but less and less lately. Now I seem to have even more pain and looking into a spinal cord stimulator trial. Side effects (like hot flashes, weight gain, lowered immune system) are no fun either.
Like · Reply · 59 minutes ago

Kathleen Winslow Parsons No. Over the time period of 2-3 months I had 3 injections around L4, L5. I felt human for about 1-1/2 days. I finally resorted to surgery. If I had known this would be outcome I wouldn’t messed around with the injections. I am glad that I had PT in the beginning and now in recovery I will begin my PT at home. It’s nice to not be in pain again when standing.
Like · Reply · 59 minutes ago

Leia Collins I didn’t feel any change. I had two.
Like · Reply · about an hour ago

Sue Bean I had 6 steroid injections (in one go) they worked for a few weeks, then 6 nerve blockers…no change, now I have to have Radiofrequency Ablation which I’m not sure about, still taking painkillers so if these injections are not working should I have the ablation????? eeeek…confused.com!!! xxxx
Like · Reply · about an hour ago

Iris D Jusino I’ve received so many injections I’ve got scar tissue all over the place
Like · Reply · about an hour ago

Keith Nth No
Like · Reply · about an hour ago

MK Jung I have had 2 operation with CT scan. In this time I took a long rest. It did work!!
Like · Reply · about an hour ago

Paris Wolf Spinal injections of long lasting anesthetic, and nerve ablation. Both helped. No steroids.
Like · Reply · about an hour ago

Beth Freund Welch I’ve had 3 and they absolutely worked for me! Each lasted about 6 months and I enjoyed each and every pain free day!
Like · Reply · about an hour ago

Vanessa Abukaeiba Didn’t work for me. Was then told its because i have permanent nerve damage.
Like · Reply · about an hour ago

Natalie K. Corwin it did work and later on it started up again maybe need another shot.
Like · Reply · about an hour ago

Meggan Davis Yes and no. Sometimes they help and sometimes they don’t been doing them for 2 years.
Like · Reply · about an hour ago

Sarah Kathy Finley Yes they did help me for a while. I think I had success because I got them from good doctors. I did end up having back surgery later because my back got worse.
Like · Reply · about an hour ago

Alicia Fernandez Philip It doesn’t work…and I got a spinal headache from it and air in my brain… they did 3 blood patches and I was in the hospital for 6 days…and the headache lasted close 2 two months… ppl if you are going to get this injection make sure you get it done when they put you to sleep…it’s less risky….
Like · Reply · about an hour ago

Amanda McDonnell Bird Yep 4 wks relief max made no difference long term
Like · Reply · 2 hours ago

Helen S Tomlin Not for me back had alsorts of treatments even microdiscoptomy didnt work
Like · Reply · 2 hours ago

Chester Hall In my case it lasted about a month and would have less affect every shot after that first set.
Like · Reply · 2 hours ago

Melissa Anderson Hall None has helped me and I have had over 30
Like · Reply · 2 hours ago

Michelle Miller Faux I get some every few months and they do help with the pain.
Like · Reply · 2 hours ago

Liliana Inostroza Nothing is only to take you money
Like · Reply · 2 hours ago

Wayne French no
Like · Reply · 2 hours ago

Maahi Teetotaler Can anyone tell me about
What is Epidural soft tissue
Like · Reply · 2 hours ago

Tery Davis Kempf No
Like · Reply · 2 hours ago

Katheryn Manion I heard its dangerous and the medication is not always approved for use in canada?? I live in canada…Lol
Like · Reply · 2 hours ago

Matt N Marcy Songer Thelongest they ever helped me was a half an hour.
Like · Reply · about an hour ago

 


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21/Aug/2018

A new study led by the University of Leicester, in association with colleagues at Loughborough University, has discovered that sitting for long periods increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease and death regardless of physical activity.

The study, which combined the results of 18 studies and included a total of 794,577 participants, was led by Dr. Emma Wilmot, a research fellow in the Diabetes Research Group at the University of Leicester. It was done in collaboration with colleagues from the newly established National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Leicester-Loughborough Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity Biomedical Research Unit and was published in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association of the Study of Diabetes.

Put simply, the danger in prolonged sitting is that it “stalls the metabolic machinery,” as Dr. Levine put it. “The body has an exquisitely designed system for trafficking fuels such as carbohydrates and fats. Serious consequences result when the muscular engine sits on ‘idle.’ “

According to Dr. Levine, this “physiology of inactivity” results in a variety of immediate, undesirable effects. For instance, inactivity impedes the ability to metabolize fat and sugar and it also elevates triglycerides, potentially raising the risk for cardiovascular disease. Prolonged sitting weakens muscles, which can lead to back pain, arthritis and joint problems. Previous research has demonstrated that sitting for long periods suppresses lipase, an enzyme involved in fat metabolism that is produced only when leg muscles flex — low levels are associated with heart disease and other illnesses. Sex hormones, including estrogen and testosterone metabolism, also are affected, Dr. Levine noted, adding that “these impact all aspects of physical and emotional states.”

According to the study, those who sit for long periods have a two fold increase in their risk of diabetes, heart disease and death. Importantly, associations were independent of the amount of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity undertaken, suggesting that even if an individual meets typical physical activity guidelines, their health may still be compromised if they sit for long periods of time throughout the day.

Dr Wilmot, a Clinical Research Fellow in Diabetes and Endocrinology based at the Leicester Diabetes Centre, Leicester General Hospital, said: “The average adult spends 50-70% of their time sitting so the findings of this study have far reaching implications. By simply limiting the time that we spend sitting, we may be able to reduce our risk of diabetes, heart disease and death”.

“Our study also showed that the most consistent associations were between sitting and diabetes. This is an important message because people with risk factors for diabetes, such as the obese, those of South Asian ethnic origin, or those with a family history of diabetes, may be able to help reduce their future risk of diabetes by limiting the time spent sitting. “

Professor Stuart Biddle, of Loughborough University, and a co-investigator on the study, said: “There are many ways we can reduce our sitting time, such as breaking up long periods at the computer at work by placing our laptop on a filing cabinet. We can have standing meetings, we can walk during the lunch break, and we can look to reduce TV viewing in the evenings by seeking out less sedentary behaviours.”

Professor Melanie Davies, Professor of Diabetes Medicine at the University of Leicester and honorary consultant at University Hospitals of Leicester is a co-investigator and Director of the NIHR Leicester-Loughborough Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity Biomedical Research Unit. She said:

“This paper has a very important message for the public but also for health care professionals – namely that being sedentary is common and dangerous for our long term health, particularly for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and that this link appears to be over and above other lifestyle factors such as our diet and physical activity.”

This article first appeared in Prevent Disease 


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