Some of my favourite memories of childhood and adulthood are of moving – the rope swing into the river, balancing on the horses rump, hooking my knee around the bar at school and spinning round and round and round, climbing trees, climbing mountains, riding my bike, learning to kayak with my husband, teaching my children how to use a swing, going on a Ferris Wheel for the first time at 43…
Memories are not the only great reason to move though. As an Occupational Therapist I see many of the difficulties that people come to us with as having their foundations in a lack of movement. Our children learn to manage their bodies, eyes and hands as they move through space and manage the risks that come with movement. The reflexes that we are born with need movement and conscious control of that movement to be integrated so that they no longer control how we move as we explore and take mastery over our world. Even as adults we need to move – to maintain our joints, our muscle condition, our balance and stability, our fitness and health.
When it comes to movement, Nike has the answer, just do it! Find a way, make the time, do it for your kids, do it for yourself, plan it and do it.
Stay moving and stay mobile – and have fun doing it 😊