Rx Movement

August 12, 2013

I have come across a lot of studies lately about exercise and how much time people actually spend on it or should spend on it.  On Dr Mercola’s site he reported,

“According to recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the majority—79 percent—of American adults aged 18 and over do not meet federal recommendations for physical activity for either aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercise, which include getting:

  • At least 2½ hours a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or one hour and 15 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity
  • Muscle-strengthening activities that involve all major muscle groups, twice or more per week.”

Then I found an interesting site – Alignedandwell.com where Katie Bowman has a different way of looking at exercise completely, which is more in accord with my Feldenkrais movement training. She says that we should all be moving much more often in smaller doses, not sitting all day and then going to the gym for a hard workout for an hour. The ideal would be to get up and move every fifteen minutes, even just rising from your chair and stretching your arms up overhead would benefit your whole body. She references a lot of the scientific studies.

So, as women who have a commitment to wearing the weightvest for one hour a day while moving, we are already ahead of the crowd. If you have been concerned about not getting your hour in on busy days then just put on the vest and move briskly to go down the hall to the bathroom or to go out at lunchtime and walk around or up and down steps.

Katie points out that we evolved as movers. Think about our ancestors, no-one delivered pizza to computerholics back in the day when we started walking on two legs. Our culture has enabled and encouraged us to be sedentary because we are more profitable that way. BUT it is not good for our health or longevity.

I often get calls from women prior to buying a vest, who ask how much they actually have to wear it. Well, anything is better than nothing but usually they find that they feel so much better that movement becomes addictive. And you can really feel your muscles pulling on your bones as you walk, creating stronger and more flexible bone.

pam on swing1My granddaughters just went to Circus Camp and learned to climb up the silks and do tricks on them and I was so envious that it went on my bucket list – to be able to pull myself up twenty feet under my own muscle power.  This picture is what I can do right now, inversions are very good for the body and brain, but you’ll be the first to see the picture of me at the top of the silks when I get it licked.

I am loving the differences in my body since I invented the vest seven years ago. I guess what I’m trying to say is that the vest and the one hour is just the beginning of the adventure. What will you choose to do with your new health and strength a year from now?  Think about it!

I saw a video a while ago about a man who was 300 lbs and he started walking one step at a time with total commitment to raise money for his niece, until he lost half his weight and was totally strong and healthy. I’ve lost the link to that but it made me cry at the time to see him start out so courageously with so far to go.

We really can do anything we make up our minds to do! Our bodies are waiting for us to wake up.

Keep on moving and loving it,

Pam

 

 

 

 

 

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August 12, 2013
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