So, another couple of weeks of inspiring sport, this time with the Commonwealth Games.  However, we are looking at the higher echelons of people who are active. Many people do not move enough.  Generally too many people are too sedentary.  The body is an active dynamic piece of highly complex biological machinery. Use it or lose it.  Muscles need to be worked.  (Remember the most important muscle in the body is the heart, hence the importance of cardio-vascular exercise).  Joints need to be moved. Tendons & ligaments need to be stretched.  To use the body more do some regular exercise – swimming, cycling, aquarobics for more dynamic exercise. Yoga, Pilates or Tai Chi for more gentle movement.

However formal exercise does not suit everybody, so try incorporating better use of your body with your daily routine.  Try parking a little further away from work so you have to walk for a few minutes at the start and the end of the day.  How about cycling to and from work?  Better for you and better for the planet. When watching the TV do some stretches.  There’s an awful lot of dross on the TV so why not do something useful? The following page is taken from Bob Anderson’ book “Stretching”.

The book does what it says on the tin – it is a book about stretching.  I was first introduced to this book in Australia 30 years ago and have yet to find a better one on the subject.  It is beautifully presented and easy to understand.  It contains relevant stretching sequences to various sports and activities.  This more recent edition has routines geared up to today’s lifestyle, eg stretches for those sitting long hours at computers; those who are spending a long time driving.

If you feel your body is in need of a regular physical input above and beyond you exercising try some physical therapy, (what I call a 6,000 mile service), The Broadstone Clinic has a range of therapists who will help you.  We have two registered osteopaths – Andrew Smythe and Guy Rider.  I was trained as an osteopath, but since my stroke of 2008 now work as a manipulative therapist. We all deal with the mechanical stresses and strains that people suffer with, whether from work problems or activity related.

David Allen DO BSc