A programme on BBC Radio 4 last week looked at the impact of prolonged sitting on our health. Not surprisingly, evidence shows that it’s bad for us. But how bad? Researchers at Leicester University have found strong evidence that sitting for long periods may be more harmful to our bodies than smoking! Further, even if those with sedentary jobs do regular exercise outside of the workplace, this doesn’t offset the ill-effects of sitting at a desk for hours at a time.
Standing up and moving around instead of sitting still for long periods involves activating our key postural muscles. The biggest muscles in the body are those in the legs and the backside. By standing up and moving around we make better use of these muscle groups and key health benefits can be gained. For example, research shows that standing up increases the metabolic rate and reduces the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
If you missed the programme, you can listen to it again for a limited period on the BBC iPlayer.
Standing, it’s the new sitting…
Pilates clients often ask me if I can recommend a good chiropractor, osteopath or physiotherapist. I have visited all the various health practices in Clevedon over recent years and have met some excellent practitioners. Here are five individuals who particularly impressed me. Follow the links to find out more about them and their clinics.
Nikki Parsons at Clevedon Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic.
Greg Davis at Complete Health Clinic
James Horwood at Clevedon Osteopaths.
Andrew Beacham at Oakspring Health Clinic.
Chris Thorpe at Complete Health Clinic.
From Thursday 3rd April, I’m going to be running a weekly Piloga class at Strode Leisure Centre in Clevedon. The session is 90 minutes long, 10.30 am to 12 pm. All are welcome.
Piloga is a mix of Pilates and Yoga. Using the Pilates approach to breathing and pelvic floor engagement, the class combines the best of both disciplines to create a workout that is low impact and focussed on core stability and controlled flowing movements. The aim of Piloga is to strengthen and improve the flexibility of the body.
This new class, like all the open-to-all classes I teach in Clevedon, appears on the Pilates Foundation website, where you will find full details. Click on the link to view the listing.