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A Goal for 2012 - Livin' the Good Life

Nov. 28th, 2011

07:27 am - A Goal for 2012

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This may seem like a strange goal, but I'm serious: I want to grow a half an inch. I've been 5 foot 6 inches my entire adult life, and I recently measured in at 5 foot 5 and a half inches. I was shocked! How, and when, did that happen? I want that half inch back!

Looks like more posture exercises are in order. I just read the book SITTING KILLS, MOVING HEALS by Joan Vernikos PHD, and it confirms what all my other books say about the importance of excellent posture. But, it goes on to say that "working out" for the often-advised 30 minutes to one hour a day is not enough. (I kind of suspected that.) In fact, it says that we need to be exercising all day, every day, using just our regular activities. It says our bodies are meant to be always moving, meaning; bending over, stretching up, twisting, squatting, lifting things, pulling things, crawling, rolling, running, jumping, swinging, hanging upside down, dancing, skipping... pretty much all the things that children naturally do with their bodies if given free rein. Our bodies are not meant to be sitting for more than a few minutes at a time, according to the author. They are designed for movement. So, in addition to the workouts in the gym or exercise classes, we need to be moving ALL THE TIME throughout the day. The author claims this will help prevent organ failure, bone loss, muscle rigidity and wasting, poor circulation, poor balance and of course, shrinking. (By the way, I've gotten up from the computer 3 times so far while writing this post. Feels good.)
The author's assertions are based on her extensive studies of astronauts and the extreme muscle-wasting and ill-health that comes from being in space, without gravity, for extended periods of time. She claims we need to be actively resisting the pull of gravity, working against the weight of our bodies, in order to maintain good health. This means continuous movement using perfect posture. Sounds like Gokhale and Egoscue! Here we go again. I'm ready. In fact, I've been doing it all along, but I now have renewed enthusiasm and new ideas for increasing my movement thoughout the day with the aim of improving my over-all health and well-being... and gaining back that half inch.