Who’s wobbling now? – Move of the Month – Jul-17
Each month at Move Move we set ourselves a Move of the Month Challenge. Throughout the month we focus on mastering that move. Sometimes our Move of the Month is just one move, other times it maybe a series of moves. But our aim is to progress in some way.
Our move this month is not really a move so much as a concept. And a really important one at that… Balance.
Balance training is important as it helps our brain and body to work together to create stable patterns that help us move freely and at our moving best. This is especially important as we get older as good balance reduces your risk of falling which in turn reduces the risk of fractures and being immobile! In our younger years having adequate balance helps prevent injuries suffered through more physical pursuits such as running, cycling and mountain climbing!
Being able to activate our stabiliser muscle groups whilst we are moving – without having to think about it – is essentially what Pilates teaches! So this month look out for standing on one leg, kneeling on a ball, walking on a plank whilst catching a ball, scooting on a disk, running in springs and maybe we’ll even try standing on one leg, on a ball, on a plank whilst catching a ball!!!!!!!!
Did You Know?
Your inner ear plays an important role in balance
Your inner ear contains the vestibular system which sends signals to your brain about your body’s position and movement. Many common balance problems stem from the inner ear.
Your muscles, joints and even skin help with balance
Receptors in your muscles, joints, ligaments and skin help tell your brain where your body is in space — a sense called proprioception. Something you probably heard Lou talk about in her Pilates classes!
Balance gets worse with age
Ageing affects our vision, the vestibular system and proprioception. One-third of adults over 65 experience a fall each year.
Contrary to popular belief, your big toe isn't crucial for balance
It helps, but you can live a full life with out it.
You can feel like you're moving when you aren't
Ever get that feeling? It’s called vection – your vision tells you that your moving but your body tells you that your not. Imagine how confused your poor brain gets!
Some people feel a rocking sensation for months after going on a boat
If you’ve been on a boat then you’ve probably experienced this sensation for a short time after you get back on land. But some people still feel like they’re on the boat for months or even years – it’s called “mal de debarquement syndrome” – perhaps something to consider before you book your next cruise!