If we do the same to our body then eventually the effects of neglect WILL come back to bite us on the arse! We must look after the only body we have. It is the only place we have to live!
If we have uneven wear on a tyre or tyres then eventually we will have to replace them. If we have uneven wear on a hip for example - a new hip will set you or your insurance company back a good $50,000. Would you rather invest a little now to prevent the disruption of the hip operation?
That's where the concept of moving well before you move lots comes in.
Prevent a worn joint becoming a shredded joint!
By getting the body into alignment just like the car tyre, it will mean that it will wear exactly how it was deigned to, but if it remains out of balance then the wear will be uneven and disproportionate for the activity being carried out. Think a short walk versus a half marathon. The walk may not do too much damage but throw in a 21k run then issues will be magnified with the larger amount of repetition being placed upon the joint and muscle(s) in question.
How, I hear you ask. How do I move well before I move lots?
If you do lots of one type of exercise think about mixing it up so other parts of you body get a look in on the action. Think also about doing different modalities. If you like to run then think about moving slower perhaps yoga which involves some sideways and rotation moves - as running can be all about the straight line forwards.
If you like cycling think about how you can move your body in a different way like, swimming which involves alot more rotation than being on a bike.
If you want to take this to a greater degree of finesse then engage the services of someone who is a musculo-skeletal specialist. These people will be able to identify where you have imbalances in the body and work out a way to even them back up again for better, more evenly balanced use again. This will involve some identifying of current movement patterns and ways in which other newer patterns can be layered into the way you move for healthier more nourishing movement.
Our connective tissues follow the patterns we give them and are often very repetitive as we are creatures of habit. We find what we like and we do it over and over again. This can be good for consistency but bad for our brains long terms (they like variety) and bad for our joints and ability to adapt to new things think; body builder trying to do ballet!!!
As I eluded to earlier our brains enjoy and adapt to the variety that other movements provide. If we give our brains the chance it can adapt and retain the neuroplasticity it is well known for.
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