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Mel Collie | Why is Sitting Bad For You?

Mel Collie | Why is Sitting Bad For You?

Is sitting the new smoking? Should you feel bad about it?

The bad news is yes, it is the new smoking and is bad for your back, but…if you are a fidget then you are in great company because so am I and I sit a lot!

I write articles, I research, I read books, I always sitting..but I am a fidget, I get up I move I shift weight from wide to side, I move my feet, I wiggle my toes, I tap my face, I move my head, I look away, I do eye movements….all goes to help your brain realise that the screen isn’t your worlds space right now.

Ever heard about your hip flexors, the Psoas, pronounced So – Az ?

It a big muscle !

It crosses 3 joints, yep, 3 ! Thats a super highway!!

When a muscle crosses 2 joints it generally gets weak/inhibited against other muscles in its general locality, and even further

The Psoas can be inhibited in most people

It can stop working and be a bit lazy, because we sit so much.

Other things take over, even tiny tiny muscles, because you are AMAZING!

Your brain will re organise the pattern to make sure you keep moving, even if it means you are in pain, its only looking out for you!

So when you get pain, seek help from an NKT person who can check your funky little Psoas against those tighter muscles and see what is compensating for it.

You could be in for a surprise!

I sure was when I had mine tested and I had NO idea, now I’m super hot in my Psoas, she is smoking and I can do way more stuff than I used to do, especially when I get into the back of the Landcover to get the shopping bags out of the boot, I used to go in on my knees because I couldn’t push myself up on my feet, believing my legs to be weak…uh oh..it was my Psoas…Im also climbing and scrambling those mountains a whole lot easier too, more stamina, thanks to NKT…I got assessed.


Saved me loads of time in searching!

Up to you though!





Mel Collie | Computer Says…

Mel Collie | Computer Says…

Uh Oh…Ive just been completely bored out of my tiny mind by doing one of those Facebook personality tests thats come up in your Facebook feed..

What a waste of time

However, what gets me more is that so many people believe them

Everything we read on the internet has a source

Theres loads of information out there in inter web land

Diets. Exercises. Meditation. Coaching. Stretches. How to do anything …and how to self diagnose

I’m guilty of putting information out there in the past on my blog

But now?

I’ll write about stuff that gets your brain thinking


Searching for answers

But I won’t give you the answers, because I don’t know you personally

If you are searching for the perfect stretch of your hip flexors, your quads, your neck…I will post stuff, useful information, things that will get you thinking , but I wont tell you that its the perfect and only answer for you

Because it won’t

You are unique

Your painful hip may not need stretching, it may be pissed off because some other muscle in its group isn’t pulling its weight, its telling you, but you are still stretching the hell out of it, weakening it, and it keeps coming back telling you off.

If it isn’t working, why are you still doing it?

Do you drive down the wrong road every day expecting it to take you to your destination

Do you eat cake and donuts everyday and never exercise but expect to have the perfect body

Do you never drink water because its boring and wonder why your body refuses to work well for you

Do you stretch your hamstrings and wonder why you are always stretching them

Do you believe the results of the Facebook (other social media sites are also available..) personality tests, even though they have never ever met you or even give a monkeys who you really are?

You have way more intelligence than that

If you don’t, you can change that.

Stop doing Facebook tests and spend that time doing stuff that enriches you

I’m not going to tell you what that is, but I will bore you with what that is for me:

…spend time with my beloved other half

…be nice to myself (and that can be along the lines of going to bed earlier, read a book that teaches me something or helps me switch off from the noise of social media, go for a walk, have a relaxing bath, massage my feet and do my nails, have a facial, do a gentle mobility exercise or two – after all, we say we have no time for ourselves…)

..be generous to others by giving more and expecting less

..slow down

After all, we tend to expect so much of ourselves and beat ourselves up when we don’t succeed. expecting more from ourselves by pouring more fuel onto the fire…more on that in my next post on what happened when I got stuck on an easy climb yesterday afternoon..yes, I was rubbish, and what that taught me.

Have fun !







Mel Collie | Chatting

Mel Collie | Chatting

Every fortnight on a Thursday my client comes to my studio for Pilates

She’s hypermobile

That means her joints are super bendy!

We spend most of that hour chatting

She talks, I listen!

I love that though!

Its not all about sit ups, flat abs and wondering if you will look good to your friends.

Its about connection.

Rock up, chat about stuff, unwind, un-burden, de-stress and the body moves way better.

Try saying you feel happy with your shoulder slumped forward and your head down to the ground with the weight of the world on your shoulders.

Now try saying you feel depressed, sad, pissed off with the world with your head high and a smile on your face having spent an hour chatting to a friend.

Putting the kettle on is Britains fave past time

Do it more often, and if you don’t like Tea/Coffee, then go for a run with your mates, go to Pilates with your friends, book a session for the both of you to enjoy, go for a spa day together, go for a walk in the park, or on the beach together.

Natter. Chat. Laugh. Be silly.

Play on the swings and the slide (make sure you don’t get told off!)

Do it all without checking your mobile!

It release so many good hormones, and the cascading effect that has really shows in your body

…better than a six pack any old day