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Movement is Key: a follow up

Last week we briefly discussed the importance of movement throughout the day, especially if you sit for long periods of time.  Lets take this a step further…

Moving well is a key component to a healthy spine, muscles, and overall health.  When we aren’t feeling well or have pain/tightness in our muscles or back, our first inclination is usually to take it easy and guard the area not feeling well.  Unfortunately this can do more harm than good.


Pain is your body’s way of telling you there is a problem and maybe to slow down a bit, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we should baby ourselves altogether.  For instance, my problem area is always in my upper back and neck and sometimes my head.  I attribute this to a confrontation I had with an ATV when I was young (the ATV one that battle), and to my work that keeps me bent over looking down most of my day.

For many years, my thought was to guard this area of my body,  stretching only very lightly and certainly never pushing it with a workout that stressed my upperback or neck.  If I was in acute pain, I really stopped moving as much as possible.  STUPID, I learned the hardway.

Recently I listened to an interview by Katy Bowman, M.S., author of “Move your DNA”, and it really got me thinking.  Katy’s philosophy is to keep moving as much as possible, whether its light stretching through your day, taking a walk, sitting on an exercise disc or dynamic ball, or even purchasing a desk in which you stand to work, rather than sitting.  We are not created to be dormant.  Quite the opposite, we function better and are much healthier when we are on the move.

So, currently, I move as much as possible. I rock on my exercise disc while working at my desk.  As soon as I get up in morning, I stretch my neck and upper back and take it through full range of motion.  Throughout my day, I stop and stretch my neck and upper back even if only for a few seconds.  I am mindful of my posture and do mirror imaging exercises when needed.

What a difference!  Less, strain on my upper back and neck, better posture, and more energy!

I encourage you, if you are feeling  stressed, tight, or even in pain.  Bring movement into the area and don’t baby yourself too much.  Of course you need to listen to your body and don’t over do it, but sometimes we have to push oursevles out of our comfort zone and often the best we to heal is to keep moving!

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