Pilates in the Computer Age

Pilates in the Computer Age

By Deborah Wright - Senior Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates Instructor

 

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Sitting in front of a computer for work is difficult. Computer tasks are one of the largest activities of workplace employment, but are frequently associated with soreness and injury to the musculoskeletal system in as high as 50% of those who sit at a computer. We also now know that the old adage of 1 hour of physical activity per day is insufficient to cancel out the increased risk of conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type II diabetes associated with more than 3 hours of sitting per day.

The body needs movement to provide nutrition to the body’s connective tissue, joints, ligaments, muscles and nerves. It is the very action of moving efficiently that brings nutrition into the musculoskeletal framework and can alleviate the fatigue brought on by the prolonged postures associated with computer work.

Pilates at Your Health Domain is focused on providing a low impact form of exercise aiming to improve the deep stabilising muscles of the pelvis spine and shoulders strength and endurance – to keep you fitter for longer. It provides an outlet of movement and nutrition throughout the body’s joints. It also offers our participants a chance to focus on removing asymmetries and alleviating tightness built up through the working day. At Your Health Domain we offer 11 classes throughout the week to allow flexibility in fitting in with busy schedules. Because we know that motion is the lotion our body needs.

Healy GN, Lawler SP, Thorp A, Neuhaus M, Robson EL, Owen N & Dunstan DW 2012. Reducing prolonged sitting in the workplace (An evidence review: full

report), Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, Melbourne, Australia.

Am. J. Epidemiol. (2010) 172 (4): 419-429. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwq155 First published online: July 22, 20

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