Let’s Move It

Well it is impossible to disconnect sleep from exercise and diet. We do though, I certainly did.

Modern health compartmentalises our bodies into body parts and processes. That is why I felt so fortunate to stumble across a movement called functional health.

It is a rather weird title but it is basically an increasing group of like minded doctors and health practitioners who look at the whole person and not just your bits and bobs… And are worried about increasing chronic health epidemics as a result of our sedentary lifestyles.

The MOST important thing I learned about exercise was that our bodies have not evolved since hunter gatherer times. In those days our ancestors moved 12-18 miles a day. They didn’t have fit bits or apple watches – they just did it. I think apart from dangerous encounters with wild animals, they were probably in better shape than most of the world right now. No heart disease, no diabetes, no chairs, no TVs, no computers etc etc.

So we are designed to move – most of the time

With bursts of high impact when we are running away from wild animals. All our body systems are geared for this – circulatory, digestive etc etc.

Women often put their own health and wellbeing last which is why so many women end up chronically stressed – and live on adrenaline rather than other good hormones. It seems to me that women can start slipping in their 30s and then can get to falling down a hormonal flight of stairs at perimenopause, to quote Dr Sara Gottfried.

Massive Myths

  • Women shouldn’t weight train because they will get big muscles. WE WON’T
  • If you are slim, you are healthy HEARD OF FAT INSIDE?
  • It is all about what you look like… ONLY 1% OF WOMEN IN THE WORLD ARE TALL AND SLIM – THE MEDIA SHOWS US DIFFERENT
  • That talking negatively ALL the time about our bodies and body parts is ok. IT IS NOT – IT IS MEDIA INFLUENCE SO STOP IT.

Here are some facts I think are really important to share

Exercise lowers cortisol and floods body with feel good hormones
You become less flexible as you age, so your fascia has to work harder – now is the time to start putting yoga into your programme so don’t grunt when pick up something from the floor. There are increasing numbers of children with the fascias of 60 year olds.

Dr Pedram Shojai “Stretching is your friend.I would say that 90% of the musculo-skeletal injuries I encounter in my clinic are a direct result of inadequate stretching. Most people think they’re too busy to stretch, and they pay a price called injury.”

Sitting kills or do you prefer Sitting is the new smoking?

“Sitting,” says Dr. James Levine, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic who has researched the dangers of a sedentary life for the last 15 years, “is the new smoking.”

Levine’s studies have shown that sitting around—as many of us do for both work and pleasure—is bad for your health. Spending more than just 6 hours a day on your backside drives up blood pressure and places you at a greater risk for diabetes, obesity, depression, and some types of cancer. People who already have chronic illnesses see an increase in their symptoms. And that’s just for starters.

Exercise decreases cortisol

This allows for the production of other hormones and calms you down.

Testosterone

Is very important for women, it is made in the muscles.

Your legs are your second heart

Do you want a flabby heart? No of course not, so don’t have flabby legs. You need to stimulate your muscles into activity as it signals your brain to release growth hormone, this in turns builds and heals your muscles to stay stronger and protect your nervous system

Core training

Abdominals and back – your trunk in other words – improves posture especially in computer driven world and improves your balance so you are less likely to injure yourself.

You need to get sweaty

It detoxes you, if you don’t sweat you aren’t giving your heart a workout

Sleep

If you are not growing and repairing at night, then you are deteriorating.

We need to have more respect for our bodies – we are an incredible piece of engineering and we treat our cars better than we treat ourselves. “Youth and beauty are temporary results of age and your DNA, they are not accomplishments…” Carrie Fisher

So move all day. Simple really….

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