Have you ever considered how and why you move? Or even what would happen if you suddenly found you couldn't do it so well?
My job is to help you get the best from your body. That may mean thinking differently, eating differently, moving differently or a combination of all three. It's my passion to see people do these things effectively and live a healthy, happy life. Sometimes I make a little money doing it but my reward is not financial, it's seeing people's lives improve through change.
Sometimes it takes a dramatic event in your life to make you sit up and realise just how your mobility is something you should make the most of. Although the events surrounding this article are very sad my only wish is that you take something very important and positive from it and not take your own mobility for granted.
My Father, Maurice passed away on 11th January 2015 after battling with Motor Neuron Disease (he's the one on the left). In case you’re not aware, MND affects the neural pathways that connect your muscles to your brain. When these pathways begin to fail the muscles they connect with can no longer function. As a result they begin to waste away. There are many different strains of the disease but the one that affected my Dad began in his his right arm (he was right handed) and slowly worked its way up to his shoulder and neck. Finally the muscles in his diaphragm began to suffer and as a result he could no longer breathe on his own.
Before MND began to take away Dad’s mobility he was very active. Squash, judo, sailing, tennis, cycling and even model boat building were all a part of his life at some stage. Slowly he lost the ability to do all of these things. For someone so active, it must have been impossibly frustrating for him as his mobility began to deteriorate.
Move because you can.
Many people living in the UK right now never do half of the things my Dad used to do. They never take full advantage of the amazing body they have been blessed with. All of the things that become difficult or impossible for anyone suffering with MND some people simply choose not to do.
Here’s what I want you to take away from this. If Dad were here now I know he would really want you to know this stuff too. Never take your body for granted. All your bones, muscles, connective tissues and nerves are there for you to use however you choose to. But you have to use them in order for them to work properly. The more you use them the more you will get from life.
If you choose to be inactive (which many people do) over time your body will become less capable. As a result problems will occur. Not only do muscles become weaker but your brain becomes less effective at controlling them. I spend a large part of my time helping to join nerves back up with inactive muscles. Often I help to re-connect weak core muscles, because they don’t get used. I help to re-connect weak gluteal muscles (in the bum) because their owners spend too long sitting down. I repair people’s neural pathways because they become weak through a lack of use. Not from disease.
We are in the middle of the biggest health crisis the World has ever seen. This is all due to a poor diet and a lack of exercise. All the things my Dad could not do but wanted to, many people simply choose not to do.
If you already exercise in some form please share this with someone you know who doesn’t. Let's face it we all know at lease one person in this category. If you are that person please take action. I don’t want you to buy into any of my services as a result of reading this. I just want you to make the most of the amazing body you have been blessed with and have the most amazing life doing it.
Had it not been for MND I’m sure Dad would still be very active today. He took full advantage of all that nature had given him and used it to live a full and active life. You however have the choice to take advantage of your body or you can choose to do nothing.