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April 22, 2014

Muscle & Mind 1- Muscles & What they Do for Us

Muscle&Mind-logoOur health is important to us because we want to be able to live full lives. We want to work hard and progress, to go on adventures with our families and to do our sport.

Our body is a network of communication systems – muscles and fascia,  hormones and chemicals, nerves, blood & lymph. I haven’t mentioned emotion or thought and, yet, in recent years there has been more and more research invested towards the understanding of how our emotions and thoughts set off various cascades within the body’s communication networks. Over the coming 12 weeks, we are going explore them!

No. 1: Muscles & What they do for us

Our muscles hold us up, move our limbs, and help our organs to function. Without muscle our heart would not beat, our lungs would not breath and our body would not stand up. We don’t have to be a gladiator to warrant the status ‘muscular’.

Our muscles bring vitality and confidence – an awareness of ourselves within the world around us. If the body is tight and pulled in it says something very different to the body that is lifted tall and looks straight ahead.

We need to move with relative ease for our chosen activities and allow our organs to do the same. We need to feed our muscles well and exercise them.

Breathing – use your diaphragm – breath into your ribcage. Slowly and as prolonged as possible on each breath – out as well as in!

Heart- do 30 mins of cardiovascular exercise 3 times  a week; use omega 3’s in your diet – fatty fish & linseed are the best sources. Sound dull?! Let us know if you’d like some better ideas 🙂

Movement Muscles – Move! Every muscle group has an opposing muscle, so habitual patterns use only certain muscles. The others get tight, dry, lose their communication with the nerves that serve them and forget what their role in life is. Try to stretch in a way that counters your usual patterns of movement. For an awful lot of people this means stretch the front and tighten the rear! What’s behind you? Your butt and shoulder blades – the muscles that transfer force and stabilise the joint are generally in these groups – use them! We’ll be adding specific exercises over the coming couple of weeks to show you how.

And I’ll also be talking specifically about core muscles – why they’re important and how to access them.

 

 

 

 

 

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