Healthy Habit 3: Mindfulness and Play

Now feel free to correct me if anything I write here is wrong as I am certainly no expert on the subject of mindfulness!   The way I understand mindfulness is that it is about being in the present moment and your thoughts and feelings are toward exactly what it happening to you at that moment […]

Healthy Habit 2: Stop eating when you are full

  Continuing to eat when you are already full is pretty much guaranteeing fat storage. If your body has received sufficient nutrients to fulfil its needs then any additional energy that continues to enter your body will be deposited into your fat cells. This was a great little survival system for back in the day when food was scarce. On […]

Slow and steady wins the race!

  I dont know about you but I am not a big fan of the bootcamp style approach to dieting. I have tried it myself many times over the years and although some of those attempts have successfully got me into the best shape of my life, within a month of achieving this I was always back to where […]

Bitesize study: Classification of joints

There are three types of joint. They are classified according to their degree of movement. Fibrous joints are immovable with interlocking bones, e.g the plates in the skull. Cartilaginous joints are slightly moveable bones connected by ligaments, e.g the vertebrae Synovial joints are freely moveable. They are the most common type of joint found in […]

Bitesize study: Common postural abnormalities

The diagram below shows the difference between normal (neutral) posture and some common postural abnormalities. Neutral (normal) – The term that describes a posture that has four natural curves of the spine present and in good alignment. Therefore, decreasing stress on passive structures of the body, such as the vertebrae and ligaments. Lordosis – A spinal deviation […]

Neutral spine

The term ‘neutral spine’ describes the position of the spine when the natural s-shaped curves are all present and aligned.When the spine is in this position the stress on the passive structures of the spine (vertebrae and ligaments) is minimal and the risk of strain or injury to the lower back is minimised. It is […]

Bitesize study: The spine

The spine is formed from 33 irregular bones. Each region of the spine has a different number of bones. Bones of the spine You can see from the diagram that the spine has four natural curves: two convex (thoracic and sacral) and two concave (lumbar and cervical). Now assess you understanding of this via the […]