Sit Better, Sit Less, Sit Differently!

So this term is all about the pelvis, and your ability to move it freely, through all it's ranges - without compensation.

The mobility of the pelvis reflects the health of the feet, knees, hips, core, spine and neck and shoulders. As I always say "don't take my word for it, try the different exercises yourself and feel the difference.

As always, be patient - don't overdo things and celebrate the small successes (which are really reflections of the change in how you think about movement) along the way.

Fun fact: Did you know that even the most active people in our culture (the bikers, runners, body builders, swimmers, yogis and hikers for eg) only spend about 4% of their time moving. You can see Katy Bowman's video about it here (don't worry it's short and fun but mainly a bit of an eye opener).

This week we'll focus on sitting and the pelvis and three things we'll consider are:

1. Sitting Less - gradually increasing your movement opportunities day by day. It's not about standing up all day, it's about moving more of you, in more ways, more often.

2. Sitting Better - Don't push back into the chair. Try coming about 1/2 way, mind how you place your feet and knees and roll your pelvis forward. You can watch a video of my daughter demonstrating optimal sitting here. You might like to try Lucy's version of sitting on a 1/2 dome and then try flipping it over. What do you prefer? You can easily used a rolled up towel if you don't have a half dome.

3. Sitting Differently: for starters try the floor. You'll use more muscles getting up and down and you can use as many props as you need to when you are down there.

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Last term I made a Chair Challenge video and handout for you. I've just finished a handout for the Every Day Movement that was it's follow up. You can grab one in class or go ahead and print one off yourself now. Or you can save a tree and refer to the video and handout online!

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