Thursday 10 May 2012

Gender Exercise Gap

Here is an article from the British Chiropractic Association, my professional association. It discusses a recent report about the perception and experience of young women relative to exercise. There is also a really useful link at the end of the piece. This link gives you access to a short video clip of the 3 minute 'Straighten Up UK' postural exercise routine. If you would like to speak with me about it then visit my website and give me a call or drop me a line.

Getting more active

To help narrow the exercise gap between boys and girls the British Chiropractic Association has a great way for kids of all ages to mind their posture as part of healthy exercise.

The Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation has issued a report that shows that a gender gap between girls and boys develops as they get older. In research carried out by the Institute of Youth Sport at Loughborough University, over half (51%) of secondary school girls said they were being put off sport and physical activities because of experiences at school in 'PE' lessons.

The report makes some key recommendations which can be viewed here

There is evidence that people of all ages are experiencing higher levels of back pain and discomfort and much of this is related to poor posture.

The British Chiropractic Association shares the belief that children should all be active and exercise in order to promote their health and to help future issues with back problems. 

Straighten Up UK is an exciting programme from the British Chiropractic Association (BCA), designed to improve posture and help prevent back pain by promoting balance, strength and flexibility in the spine. Chiropractors want to encourage adults and children alike to start using this set of simple, three minute straighten up exercises. They are designed to be done on a daily basis and become part of the daily routine, just like brushing our teeth.