Body Maintenance is about becoming more aware of the needs of your body, getting to know it better, a little more understanding of how it works and how really simple it is to look after. It is about looking after your body from the inside.
The author of Ageless Body, Timeless Mind. Deepak Chopra tells us “your body is changing every second of the day. Your skin, once a month; every five days your stomach lining is new; your liver in six weeks and your skeleton changes four times a year, a year in which up to 98 percent of your atoms will have been exchanged for new ones”.
The body is an awesome piece of kit.
Its not only how you look, although that’s important, of course, it is how you feel about your body, but about how you feel in your body - that’s the critical element here and which has a direct impact on how you do look.
The reason for this is if you are feeling good in your body, this is then reflected in how you stand, how you walk, how you sit and move about, how you talk, how you relate to other people – in fact everything about you is governed by how you feel in and about your body, which largely influences how you feel about yourself.
This body maintenance section is more about the physioogy of your muscles and joints, as you can tap into the food and nutruition elements elsewhere on the site – see the psychology of eating for example.
As we all know, only too well, time will still take its toll through ordinary, everyday wear and tear, and your muscles will atrophy and waste away if you don’t do something regularly to maintain their functionality.
Changes in posture and gait (walking pattern) are as universally associated with aging as changes in the skin and hair.
The skeleton provides support and structure to the body. Joints are the areas where bones come together. They allow the skeleton to be flexible for movement. In a joint, bones do not directly contact each other. Instead, they are cushioned by cartilage in the joint, synovial membranes around the joint, and fluid.
Muscles provide the force and strength to move the body. Coordination is directed by the brain but is affected by changes in the muscles and joints. Changes in the muscles, joints, and bones affect the posture and gait, and lead to weakness and slowed movement.
The joints become stiffer and less flexible. Fluid in the joints may decrease, and the cartilage may begin to rub together and erode. Minerals may deposit in and around some joints (calcification). This is common in the shoulder.
Hip and knee joints may begin to lose joint cartilage (degenerative changes). The finger joints lose cartilage and the bones thicken slightly. Finger joint changes are more common in women and may be hereditary.
Some joints, such as the ankle, typically change very little with aging.
Click on any of the links below – you can also access them direct from the homepage – to see a range of simple to do and easy to remember routines that will make a positive contribution to the maintenance of your body.