How to counter lack of activity
Modern equipment and technologies greatly facilitate our daily lives, but also lead to a significant shortcoming in the way of life. They are associated with both general poor health and specific diseases.
People hardly need any more vigorous physical activity. Studies show that a quarter of Europeans get very limited exercise and are below optimal health levels. For humans, movement is vital – for energy expenditure and to maintain full vital functions.
Just one example is enough – physical activity improves blood circulation. And, among other things, it is related to hydration and brain activity. That is – with the activity of the whole organism.
Lack of activity is a prerequisite for a number of specific diseases of the spine and bone system, as well as diabetes and mental problems such as depression, etc.
Fitness exercises are a very good way to compensate for the limited movement in everyday life. It is a kind of universal sport for people of different ages, abilities, and attitudes.
Fitness exercises allow you, without heavy weights used by professional athletes, to achieve the overall effect of the sport – health, tight body, toned muscles, good self-esteem, and elevated mood.
Of course, if desired and possible, one can conduct more intense and specialized training – for example, for muscle development.
Fitness exercises can also be used for medical purposes, and of course in this case one should consult a doctor about their use.
Appropriate fitness exercises can be used to improve cardiovascular function and respiration; for rehabilitation after trauma; and in the treatment of chronic diseases. For the treatment of back and lower back pain, for example, it is very effective to use Emer and Teeter inversion tables.
For exercises for discopathy and stenosis, it is especially important to relieve tension in the spine in order to rehabilitate the discs and joints.
“Lazy” and effective therapy with inversion tables
Inversion tables have been used for decades around the world. They are very popular because they are a fitness system that can be used for a flexible body, to tone the body, and for relief from stress, as well as for the treatment of back and lower back pain. They are useful, for example, in the fight against discopathy.
People with excruciating chronic back and lower back pain can use an inversion tableinversion table, because this fitness device has a beneficial effect even when used “lazily”. It is enough to lie in a relaxed forward position with your head tilted.
The use of inversion tables , as with other fitness exercises for rehabilitation, should be discussed with and approved by your doctor, because the action is based on inversion therapy.
It is possible that the person should not lie down or hang upside down due to some health conditions, so the doctor will determine whether to you can use inversion tables for therapy.
Generally speaking, with the use of inversion tables , people turn gravity to their advantage. In the upright or sitting position, the earth’s gravity loads the spine.
In certain conditions – such as disease that changes the structure of the intervertebral discs and narrows some channels in the spine – there is friction and pain.
When turned upside down, gravity “stretches” the body and increases the distance between the vertebrae in the spine. Decompression is obtained, which is useful for the rehabilitation of the discs.
It is not necessary to turn the body completely upside down to get the effect of decompression. When using inversion tables , you can simply lie relaxed, and the reduction of tension in the spine begins with a tilt of the head forward of 20 degrees. At 60 degrees, the spine is completely released from the tension.
The effect is fast and the activities do not need to be intense – 7 minutes a day are enough to achieve an excellent result.
General health promotion
Once the back and lower back pain is gone, the use of inversion tables can be continued with more intense exercises to develop the main muscles of the back and abdomen, for a tight and flexible body.
In fact, for this purpose, inversion tables can generally be used by healthy people without back and waist problems, and the effect of inversion therapy can be applied prophylactically. Because – by the way – structural changes in the spine begin around the age of 30 and back or lower back pain is very common.
Being overweight, improper posture during long sitting at the computer, and unchanged posture while driving, etc., are all common factors in everyday life that lead to low back or back pain. As a fitness device, the use of inversionof inversion tables makes it possible to combine upright sitting, abdominal presses, and twists. The fact that it is at-home fitness is an advantage – the activities are when a person decides, what he decides, and how much he decides.
In addition to developing core muscles and a tight body without extra pounds, exercise has other beneficial physiological effects for overall health.
Faster burning of calories speeds up metabolism; physical activity improves the activity of the heart and blood circulation, dilates blood vessels, and achieves a better supply of oxygen to cells. This is useful for slowing down aging.
Muscle training and increased physical endurance are associated with a reduced likelihood of injury and faster recovery if they do occur. In addition, after exercise, sleep becomes healthier and fuller.
Fitness workouts also have a direct psychological effect. They produce the so-called “happiness hormone” – endorphin, which improves mood and is essential for shaking off stress.
Exercise also has a long-term psychological effect – setting goals and achieving them brings self-satisfaction and higher self-esteem. For which, by the way, a good figure and the achieved vitality are enough.
Fitness is not from today
When did the gym start? In a broader sense – since man had to chase his prey every day to eat because he did not have a refrigerator to store meat…
And seriously – the prototype of today’s fitness gym comes from the middle of the 19th century. The first equipment, the principles of which are still used in modern fitness, was made by Gustav Zander – a Swedish physiotherapist. They were wooden with levers, springs and weights to provide resistance.
Zander was a highly educated physician. At the age of 30, he became a doctor of medical sciences. In 1875, he received one of the highest Swedish orders at the time for his contributions to science.
He believed that specialized loads on certain muscles could prevent a number of diseases. So the idea of fitness came about with the idea of prevention, which is the case today. Zander called his method “Mechanotherapy.”
Gustav Zander invented his first fitness equipment in 1857, creating a total of 70 types. They made it possible to place the load on a given muscle group. They were introduced in 1864 at the Gymnastics Institute in Stockholm and are in fact the basis of today’s fitness equipment.
A year later, Zander, now with a doctorate, opened the Medical-Mechanical Institute in Stockholm – an absolute novelty for the world then but in fact a prototype of today’s gyms.
The institute had only its equipment, each specialized in certain loads, but the women and men were in separate rooms. Among the devices were those for straightening the spine of children with scoliosis.
“Fitness mania” quickly took over the leading resorts in Europe and America, and gained its creator world fame, and mass production began. Gustav Zander’s devices were also in many clinics, where Zander institutes were opened. In 1911, there were already 300 “gyms” in the world. Hardly anyone can say how many there are today.