Alkaline Exercise: Doing What’s Right For Your Body
Hey everyone, last week I talked about how in determining the right diet, we must start with YOU.
This week I want to extend the blog to discuss the importance of understanding your body before starting on an exercise regimen, and what that has to do with being alkaline.
This applies to the full spectrum of individuals, from the self proclaimed couch potato to the iron man triathlete.
Our bodies are designed to move. But in today’s day and age, we move significantly less and exercise is an “event” that we schedule in our day.
And due to the hyper glamorization of various exercises like yoga, pilates, crossfit, HIIT, or barre, you ultimately start something in order to begin to feel better.
But before you start an exercise regimen, it’s particularly important for you to consider your alignment and posture.
Cultivating Body Awareness
Just like the tires on our cars, we must pay attention to the wear and tear of our joints.
A slight malalignment may not pose an issue immediately, however, because we are all getting older, we must pay attention to our posture and alignment and cultivate an awareness prior to starting an exercise regimen.
This is because unlike the tires on our cars, we only have one set of joints. It’s in our best interest to not have to go through joint replacement surgery.
Not only that, but because too much of our attention is on various smart devices which take up so much mental bandwidth, we often go through our day without paying much attention to our posture and alignment.
Then we go straight into yoga, crossfit, or whatever your exercise of choice may be, with no body awareness.
This is where I see the most dysfunctions taking place. Whether your goal is to do a perfect roll up in pilates or a perfect handstand in yoga, we all participate in an exercise regiment for a specific reason.
Doing What’s Right For Your Body
I recently took a survey and most of our clients reported they joined our studio mainly to look and feel better.
We service a wide range of clients, from those who struggle to transfer from sit to stand to those who claim to be more flexible after running a marathon.
As a rehabilitation specialist, we must understand the full scope of the human body and its functional ability.
This allows us to help you not only improve strength, stability, and flexibility, but also ensure there’s not unnecessary damage taking place.
Too often, we find clients during a yoga session who struggle to get into a certain yoga pose at the risk of injury.
It’s important to remember that it’s not about the poses, exercises, or activity so much as it is about YOUR alignment and structural capabilities.
Not everyone is built to do a full split. Some of us have hyper mobility and are flexible, but lack stability. Some are very stable and tight around the joints which limits flexibility.
This is where the art and science of the Alkaline Method allows for us to better direct our clients in achieving the best balance between Yin-Yang and Acid-Alkaline.
The concept of pH is nothing new. Most have heard about the concept of being alkaline but don’t really understand the pH scale.
Our body’s pH scale measures between 0-14 and the pH range for optimal health is 7.35-7.45. It’s a narrow range, and typically our bodies do an amazing job of maintaining homeostasis.
When we overwork our muscles and strain our joints, our bodies shift into an acidic state. When in an acidic state, our bodies are inflamed and are trying to heal.
So it’s our responsibility to ensure that everything we do shifts our body into an alkaline state.
This includes promoting proper alignment, posture, stability, and flexibility in such a way to allow our bodies to move with ease.
When our bodies are operating in an acidic state for prolonged periods of time, we run the risk of strain and sprain, ultimately leading to injury.
In Eastern Medicine, we have the contrasting forces of yin and yang.
Yang energy is considered male energy. It is powerful, strong, and more expansive and invigorating.
Exercises incorporating yang energy include running, vinyasa type yoga, etc.
Yin energy, on the other hand, is a more feminine, contractive, steady, and patient energy. It’s incorporated in stretching for prolonged periods of time, such as in yin yoga.
So as you can see, there’s opposing energetic forces as well as the pH balance.
So for the purpose of simplifying our Alkaline Method, we’ve created a graphic representation and classification of the quadrants of health.
With this graphic, you can visually recognize the implications of your health on the Alkaline Method scale.
As you can see, we have the Y vertical axis and X horizontal axis.
There are four quadrants.
The left lower quadrant is the most dangerous zone, where one may find themselves in an acidic, yin state. This quadrant is classified by acidic states such as cancer, infection, active disease activity, etc.
The left upper quadrant is where you are yang and acidic. This quadrant is classified by chronic symptoms where you are in the process of crossing the threshold into getting an active diagnosis.
The right lower quadrant is where you’re yin and alkaline.
This is where you are struggling with some symptoms. Perhaps you have decreased energy, brain fog, and struggle with weight gain. Something is off and you can’t get a handle on it.
Then there’s the right upper quadrant where you are strong, healthy, yang and alkaline.
This is where you are thriving with health and vitality. We promote this state of health within our Alkaline Method.
Being Alkaline is All About Being Balanced
So in summary today’s blog was all about balance. Whether it’s yin-yang, acid-alkaline, we need to promote balance in all that we do.
When it comes to exercise, know what is right for your body. Don’t feel pressured to do something specific just because it is popular.
Always be aware of your posture and promote correct alignment in all that you do.
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See you next time.
About the Author
Dr. Connie has suffered from Lupus for the last 16 years. As a result, she discovered that a holistic minded approach to health was most beneficial for herself in battling Lupus and for her patients, who battle everything from Autoimmune Disease to Weight Loss. Dr. Connie holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and a Masters in Public Health (Nutrition) from the renowned Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professions. She is also a Registered and Licensed Dietitian in the State of Georgia. Additionally, Dr. Connie is a Functional Medicine Practitioner (Certification Pending 2017), a Registered RYT-200 Yoga Teacher & School (Yoga Alliance) and Certified Pilates Teacher (Pilates Method Alliance).