Let’s Get Something Straight This Year!
Yes, you got it, your spine.
Each year we make a commitment to better ourselves and our lives in our New Year’s resolution, and often a big one on that list is our health.
So this week I wanted to focus our attention back on the spine and the foundation of our health.
Hippocrates said, “to find the true cause of dis-ease one must first look to the spine
and human frame”.
What did he mean? The spine is the center of the body, it protects our spinal cord, the most important thing in us! Nothing would work under our skin, in the depths of our
body, if it were not for the control of the brain and the messages it sends through our nervous system; your brain and spinal cord.
Try this for example. Move your toes…
Simple wasn’t it? But how did it happen? How did your body register the thought to do that, where did your body send the command to move the toes, how did the message
get from the top (brain) to the bottom (toes)?
You see this beautifully simple example, highlights a wonderfully complex system in our spine, our central nervous system. This is made up of our brain and spinal cord. Without it nothing would function.
So, let’s do it justice and help it perform at its best. And how do we do that?
Simple, with just 3 steps!
Here are my TOP 3 tips to improve Spinal Health:
Moving is essential, vibration is life. Everything in you and in this universe works due
to movement and at the very smallest level vibration. The same is true for your spine
and nervous system. Movement is essential to keep it alive and functioning at its best. So, remember this simple saying: “as the body moves, the brain grooves”.
Move today and every day, even if it is just a 10-minute walk around the block. Do
something to stimulate your spine and brain.
With movement comes overall flexibility. It is important that the whole spine moves
evenly and freely. Otherwise, some areas will move too much (this can wear them out) and others not enough, and in line with the above, we know that is not good!
So, super easy, try this to gain flexibility in your spine.
Moving opposite arm to leg. Lift the right knee up and reach the opposite arm up towards the sky then repeat on the other side. Almost as if you are climbing a ladder.
Do this for 60 seconds.
Core strength is key; however, it is often done wrong and actually, it is quite hard to do right…
So here is the easy way that cannot fail.
Force and hold your wee. Yep, I said that, when you go to the loo, play a little game. The muscles that help us wee also hold our core. So, force the wee out as hard as you can
for a few seconds, then hold it for a few seconds and repeat, until all is gone!
Spine health doesn’t have to be hard work but it has to be done.
Give these three things a go and let me know how you get on.