Many of us reach a point where we no longer feel so ‘young’. We start to feel aches and pains, we start to gain weight more easily, exercising becomes more challenging and energy levels can be harder to maintain.
People can reach that point at different times, some whilst still young, some not until they are much older, some maybe never or when it’s almost too late and our body can’t cope anymore.
I watched the BBC’s How to stay young programme this week. In this series, Angela Rippon and Dr Chris van Tulleken team up with scientists to turn back the clock on a group of volunteers, showing what can be done to reverse the ageing process. Over the course of three months, the volunteers are put through a variety of tests and placed on a lifestyle plan to turn back the clock on ageing, but will it work? Can they reverse their body age?
The answer is, yes!
And it really is quite simple. There are 4 basic pillars to keeping well……….
- Eat well
- Move well
- Relax well
- Sleep well
Easier said than done, but if you can follow those 4 pillars above most of the time, you’ll be giving yourself a fighting chance of living a long, healthy life!
Here at goPhysio, we help play a key part in the moving pillar. ‘Move well’ can mean both exercising regularly to optimise physical health but also dealing with pain and injury so you can keep moving. Research suggests that the more we move, the better. So it doesn’t have to be about hard core exercise (although high intensity exercise has many benefits), integrating moving regularly throughout the day is essential.
Quality of movement is also an important consideration. You can easily develop habits or weaknesses that affect your quality of movement. Over time your body can compensate and areas can start to complain – one of the reasons you can pick up injuries or feel pain.
As a team of movement experts, our Physiotherapists and Sports Therapists are well versed in making sure you can move your body well. That can mean assessing your movement to find out what may not be moving as it should, re-educating how you move to address any issues, utilising movement as a way of recovering from injury and teaching your body to move effectively and efficiently, through exercises such as Pilates.
If you need some help and guidance on how to move well, give us a call to book in and see one of our experts.