Sunday, June 20, 2010

YOUTUBE FOR EXERCISES - Sunday 6th June 2010

Arthur C Clarke said something to the effect that whatever you think about the future it will be utterly fantastic. He also said, ‘Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.’

Well the future is here in the form of YouTube and it definitely is utterly fantastic and magical.

And not only is it YouTube but it’s YourTube because of its ability to entertain and inform you.
With respect to back pain stretches it has a whole host of exercises that you can troll through and then do on a regular and systematic basis to get your back back into better shape.

Once you’ve cottoned on to the fact that it’s muscles that move bones out of alignment and that the cause of the pain is rarely at the site of the pain you can start looking for exercises that will strengthen and loosen those muscles that are the cause of your pain.

YouTube is an incredible online community that so willingly gives of it’s time, effort and thought to help other people. It says a lot for the generosity of mankind.

It’s built on the maxim that giving comes before getting. Sure, some of the videos lead to money changing hands but that’s a fair exchange for information you think is worthwhile. A lot of it comes from the goodness of a heart or some professional or personal passion. There just seems to be a heck of a lot of people out there wanting to share their knowledge.

It takes time and effort to set up the camera and show someone a set of back pain stretches that, in all likelihood will relieve your back pain. Then it has to be downloaded and uploaded. The reward in many cases is just good, old fashioned, personal satisfaction. It’s quite extraordinary.

It’s YourTube because you put out by going there to get information. You’re putting in time and effort, so you deserve to be rewarded. The rewards are huge. No more back pain.

I was on YouTube the other day looking for back pain stretches. Sheesh, I could have spent weeks there. It was like shopping in an oriental bazaar; going so far down streets and ally ways I got lost and couldn’t find my way back to where I started.

Then I ducked over to look for hip stretches; same thing. If your hip’s playing up, search for the ‘Fire Hydrant’ mobility exercise.

Knee problems anyone? I saw this PhysEd guy from California walking backwards on a treadmill with the elevation set on high. It looked a bit hairy, but it’s worth a try.

It’s a fascinating journey. I bookmarked a few sites, wrote to a few people to let them know I admired their work and looked at a range of gadgets and devices.

The other thing I like about YouTube is that if someone has found an exercise useful and bothered to upload a video of themselves doing it, there’s a fair chance that it might do you some good as well.

If you think you’ve got all the answers, think again. Go to YouTube.

It’s utterly fantastic.

On the track
On the stepper, 40 m inutes at 140 bpm for 593 calories and 785 steps.

In the meantime stay tuned, highly tuned and keep stretching those hamstring and buttock muscles.

John Miller

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