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Humans are designed to move

Posted by on Mar 16, 2012 in Movement, News and Views |

Humans are designed to move

We all probably get how important it is to move our bodies – there are many reasons some of which are:

  • it generally makes us feel better, fitter, healthier
  • it helps us lose weight
  • to help us move blood and nutrients around our system as well as moving toxins out of the body
  • to initiate change in our lives through movement instead of staying stuck

It’s sometimes difficult though, to fit an exercise programme into busy lives and we come up with all sorts of excuses not to do it. There’s been some interesting research done in a UK university on what our bodies need in terms of exercise that completely challenge our long held beliefs about what our bodies are genetically predisposed to need. Scientists have discovered that we all respond to exercise in very different ways. This surprising new research suggests many of us could benefit from just three minutes of high intensity exercise a week. Science laboratories in the US, Canada and the UK have proven that this approach achieves many of the health benefits you would expect from a 2-3 hour workout in the gym.

A summary of the main points of the programme are that some scientists are suggesting we need to radically rethink the way we exercise and that there’s no standard recipe. It needs to be personalised to each individual based on their genetic make-up unlike UK Government guidelines which give a standard recipe for a standard person.

Nottingham University did some research over a 4-year period. 1,000 people were made to exercise 4 hours a week for 20 weeks. On average their fitness improved but they found people responded very differently to the same amount of training. It seems that there’s a small group of super responders and a group of under-responders, i.e. they have no change in their level of fitness. Around 20% don’t respond to exercise and around 15% are super responders, depending on their genetic make-up. Non responders of course get benefit from exercise but knowing this their exercise regime can be adapted to their genetic make-up.

A couple of the hidden benefits of exercise are that it improves insulin function as well as helping to reduce the levels of fat in our bodies – it produces an enzyme in the body which helps us process fat better, reducing visceral fat (fat inside the body around our organs and arteries) as well as outer fat. So a brisk, long walk in the evening will help your body process the fat contained in a typical English breakfast the next morning.

The programme goes on to say that keeping on the move isn’t just about burning calories. It also has a big impact on our physiology. It suggests – which probably isn’t new information for us – that there should never be an hour that we’re sitting down. Gunk builds up in the body, blood sugar levels elevate and blood fat levels build up. And it’s not enough to be sedentary during the day and go to the gym in the evening. Our bodies need to be moving every hour.

We also need to bring the brain into the picture. When you get fatigued you think it’s your muscles getting tired but research shows how the brain is exerting an influence on exercise performance and causes us to slow down and stop exercising. The brain gets signals when muscles are stressed that something dangerous might be happening and the brain starts to regulate the neural output to the muscles so that we have to slow down and eventually stop. The subconscious brain is protecting itself, alarmed at the danger signals brought on by unexpected bouts of exercise and triggers an automatic shutdown. So we’re actually capable of doing more than we think. After a few sessions of exercise the brain will learn with training that it’s not life threatening and will wait longer before telling us to stop.

For those of you in the UK with access to BBC iplayer, you can find out more about this by watching “Horizon, The Truth about Exercise” which is available on iplayer until 17 April 2012 or check out this link – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17177251.

While all this may not replace a good workout, or a long walk or swim for some of us, it might shed some light on how our bodies work.

Until we all have easily available gene testing to see which group we fall into, and for the time pressed people, there are some great short workouts from 5-15 minutes that we can use and build into our daily lives such as:

as well as gentle methods of exercise which help with flexibility and strength as we get older such as Somatics. Find out more on these two links:

http://www.somaticsed.com/whatIs.html

http://www.thinkingallowed.com/1thanna.html

So having spent time sitting researching and writing this blog, I now need to get up and MOVE!