I was watching my 2year old stand up from sitting in the bath the other day. He did so without the use of his arms or a huff and a puff. It was a smooth transition from knee sitting to standing on a hard surface. I often treat clients who say "I've never been able to..." referring to touching toes or crouching into a deep squat or stand up from the floor without using hands or complaining of sore knees.
As an older athlete I have had to find ways to keep up speed as well as prevent injury in order to keep enjoying team sport. I love to play Ultimate Frisbee as well as compete in Crossfit events. These get a little tougher to stay good at the older we get because they require a large amount of fast twitch fibre work as well as power. Muscles are only ready to deliver speed and power when they are elastic.
It is important to have a well supported office chair considering that we spend most of our working day sitting in front of the desk and/or computer.
There is a large amount of strain on our spines in the seated position, so the more support our chairs provide the lower the chance of developing those aches and pains at the end of a long day in the office.
Children often have to carry many books, lunch and sports clothes and equipment around with them at school. This added load can often lead to strain on the developing spine, and therefore increase the risk of developing spinal injury.
Counting down toward race day. – Comrades marathonAs one trains towards a running race or any major event, you will likely have created a program you follow to make sure your body is at its best on the big day. Comrades is an important event on most runner’s calendars.