It’s been several months since I posted a blog. A lot has happened during this time including a serious illness of a close family member and a cancer scare for the same person. Since it turned out to be a false alarm (and I am VERY grateful for it) I can start writing again.
Today I am going to talk about getting older. When we are young we feel invincible. It never occurs to us that old age is much closer than we think. It creeps slowly before we notice that the favorite clothes don’t fit anymore, that sitting in front of a TV is much more appealing than going out, that an occasional physical activity hurts the back (or knees, or hips, or __________”feel the blank”), and a nurse from a doctor’s office is calling with results of high cholesterol or elevated blood sugar in a recent test. As time goes by we resign to these changes with a thought: well, we are not getting any younger and believing that old age always comes with health issues and there is no way to avoid them.
Everybody recognizes a common shape of an older person. What is that common shape? Look at the picture. You see a forward head, rounded and drooping shoulders, hips tilted under, S-curve of a spine flattened out, and back of hands showing up in front. This is a posture of resignation.
This is the state of a mind and a body that signals the lack of vitality. It also signals many health issues including (but not limited to):
– Migraine headaches
– Poor vision
– TMJ jaw pain
– Sore back, shoulder, knee, and neck pain
– Dizziness and poor balance
– Circulation issues
– Shortness of breath
– Carpal tunnel
– Hemorrhoids and varicose veins
– Lack of energy and depression.
(Pete Egoscue. “The Egoscue Method of Health Through Motion”)
Are we all doomed to become this person?
Yes, if we continue a sedentary life style.
A very passionate ‘no’ if we change our life habits.
The “use it or lose it” principle applies directly to all our muscles, bones, joints, cartilage, and all other living tissues in our bodies. Without a demand placed on them, our muscles and joints become weaker, our health suffers. Muscle activity is required for heart contraction, blood circulation, digestive process, urination, and breathing.
We need a consistent stimulus applied to our musculoskeletal system to trigger growth and regeneration and the healthy environment for 300 billion new cells that our body produces every day. In other words, we’ve got to move our body, or we lose it.
Surprisingly, our ability to respond to a correct stimulus does not change with age.
Even if you look like the person on the above picture you CAN still stop the crippling process of misaligned musculoskeletal system.
It can be done with safe and effective postural exercises that in the long run will not only improve your posture but will improve your health and quality of life by allowing you to move and function better. It might also mean living an independent life without the need for canes or a wheelchair. By incorporating essential daily motion you will bring joy and hope to your life.
Egoscue® method of postural health works for people even in their 90s. It is never too late to reverse the crippling effects of being resigned to the aging process.
And it’s never too early to start thinking about it; prevention is always easier.
So Get up and Boogie!
You can find out more about the Egoscue® method at www.uprightposturefitness.com.