sitting

Day X has come. On Monday, my two kids and I are flying to Germany to visit family and friends. We're staying for 7 weeks because we've never stayed for longer than 2,5 weeks and that was always way too short.  And I want to smell Germany air for a long enough period of time to be able to get a sense of whether I would actually like living in Germany. My husband and I are dreaming of this self sufficiency thing and he thinks Germany is THE place for us to do that. I disagree. But I'll check it out anyway. Who knows. Maybe the people in the East German villages want to not only hear the alignment message but actually pay me for it! Self-sufficience only goes so far .....

We all know that a healthy lifestyle includes physical activity in addition to the nutrients from a wholesome diet and sufficient periods of rest and sleep. But are we getting enough "movement nutrients" and are we getting it right? Here are some facts:

Reality Check 1: We spend most of the day sitting on sitting devices. On chairs. Benches. Sofas. In cars. On toilets! All this sitting occurs at home, on the bus, at work, at the restaurant, in the park. North Americans even bring their folding chairs to music festivals!

For over a year now I’ve been studying with the Restorative Exericse Institute. Before I decided to go for the Whole Body Alignment course this Spring, I took the NoMoreKegels course which is all about pelvic floor health. I learned about the effect of our footwear and posture on the alignment of the pelvis and how this in turn effects the pelvic floor muscles. I also learned specific exercises to restore pelvic floor function. And one of the most fundamental of those restorative exercises is the calf stretch.

t’s time to finally start writing my first blog post. I have all these ideas in my head. Should I write about lifting mechanics as it relates to mommyhood or universally answer one of the questions about diastasis recti that I find in my inbox every day or should I write about my journey so far as a student of the Restorative Exercise Institute or should I write about walking with my children or should I maybe write about the terrible effect sitting has on our health?