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Five benefits of movement


How much we move can have a significant affect on our mental and physical health, as does the way we move. Ineffective movement patterns can become habitual through illness, lifestyle, injury or even the way you carry your bag! These habits can inhibit the ability of the muscles to move by reducing the oxygen intake, thus causes muscular fatigue. Our metal health can also have an affect on the way we use our bodies. On average it takes 10 (5pairs) facial muscles to smile, it takes 6 (3pairs) to frown. In theory, because of this natural imbalance, the more you frown, the harder it becomes to smile!


The more conscious movement you are able to do, the more aware you become of your body in space, how it’s is feeling (fatigued or flexible) this can help us to manage fatigues muscles before it becomes too uncomfortable. Better mind-body connection also means you will fall over and stub your toes less!


Exercising regularly has been proven to increase thyroid function, hormonal balance, increase metabolism and promote digestion. Specific movement patterns can also be employed to aid digestion if you have IBS, Crohn’s Disease, PKU or any general intolerances. Have a look at the  Wellness Wednesday movement video’s for examples and tips.


Our joints are mostly supported by muscles including ligaments and tendons that become stronger through movement and protect the joint. Joints such as our knees and elbows carpals, metacarpals and more all rely on healthy, strong ligaments and tendons to maintain full and safe range of movement.


Osteoporosis is rife in our older generation and can set in as early as the age of 30. We reach our peak of bone density in our twenties and can expect deterioration from there as we age. However, new  bone is formed by muscles, ligaments and tendons pulling on the bone when we move, weather this is non-weight bearing exercise such as swimming, or weight bearing functional movement or literally lifting weights This can help us to slow the natural degeneration of our bone density.


Postural corrections that can occur naturally through certain types of exercise, or intentionally through specific programmes, have been proven to increase a persons confidence aswell as reduce anxiety and depression. The social benefits of regular exercise also improve social skills and interaction with people, further adding to confidence and an improvement in dynamic and static posture. Learning how to breathe properly during exercise can encourage mindfulness as well as proper muscular use and oxygenation.

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