“We are all seniors in training” is one of my favourite quotes by Salt Spring’s Sam Graci, author, researcher, founder of Greens Plus and a much sought-after keynote speaker at international health fairs.
The idea behind the concept is that we must start taking positive steps towards better function and ability with our physical self as we age, or the implications can be serious.
As a human movement specialist, the kinesiologist is involved in helping people restore or improve their physical awareness and capabilities to create good movement patterns. This is not necessarily in an athletic or sporting application, but is more often affecting the way in which individuals go about the activities of daily living, or ADLs as they are referred to in the industry. Climbing a flight of stairs, maintaining a household or tending a garden are all tasks that can be challenging if some of the physical realities aren’t attended to on a regular, consistent basis.
How one moves about the home, job or natural environment can impact the body in either positive or negative ways, so it is crucial to adopt a heightened awareness of the physical self. This includes learning good postural habits, minimizing repetitive use issues and learning to live with less tension in one’s body. The wearing aspects around the presence of accumulated tension in the body is one of the most difficult issues to overcome in today’s fast-paced, computer-driven society.
“Sitting is the new smoking” is another phrase that demands our attention as the amount of resources and education around the debilitating effects of too much sitting, i.e. due to computers, TVs and automobiles, will rival the campaign around the life-threatening consequences of smoking.
The time to get moving is now. Create a standing work station for your computer, walk or ride a bike to work or the store and get off the couch.
The writer has a kinesiologist with a B.A. in Human Performance, owns Salt Spring Exercise Therapy and hosts the CFSI radio show People Gotta Move.