You know the saying "motion is lotion"? Well it's true and much more important than some of us might think.
Our bodies are meant to move. If you don't believe me think about how your body felt the last time you sat still for a few hours. A little stiff perhaps?
Aside from the obvious benefits of moving your body like improved blood circulation and muscle tone, movement also stimulates the feel good hormones (endorphins) which elevates our mood.
Did you know that using your joints keeps them lubricated and protects them from wear and tear (arthritis)? Movement is also hugely important to keep our immune system working well.
ABOUT THE JOINTS:
Synovial fluid is held in the joint capsule and released into the joint cavity when we use the joint; it provides a cushion for the ends of the bones and allows the joint to move without friction and painfree. When we are at rest some of the fluid is reabsorbed into the joint capsule until the joint is used again.
All joints work this way. This includes the shoulder joint, the facet joints of the spinal column, the hips, knees, fingers, toes, ankles, elbows and wrists.
Synovial fluid is akin to lubricating a squeaky door hinge with oil; the joint/hinge works better when it's lubricated/oiled and the only way we can lubricate our joints is by using and moving them. There is no other way.
I'll discuss the immune system and the importance of movement, next month in part 2.
By the way, countless studies have shown that Yoga is an excellent way to improve mobility of the joints and overall pain and stiffness.
Joanne Pineau, C-IAYT
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