Roll Julia Gillard

And no, I’m not talking about the Labour Party offering up yet another leader as a sacrificial lamb.

This post could be subtitled “use a foam roller otherwise you will move like Julia”.

I have to admit that I am “a postural pervert”. I watch people. I am fascinated by the way people move (or, more commonly, don’t move).

Did you see the interview with Julia Gillard and her partner (aka “the first bloke”) on 60 Minutes on Sunday night? If not, you can watch it here (put in on mute if you need to).

During the interview I tweeted that-

I have been fascinated by the way Julia Gillard moves for the last few months. Leaving politics aside, Julia Gillard demonstrates perfectly why using a foam roller and doing mobilisers should be an essential part of everyone’s daily routine, especially if you spend a lot of time seated (whether at a desk, in a car, on the couch, in front of the computer or on a bike). The same principle applies for women who wear high heels.

Why? You may not recognise it but you see it every day. You may even see it when you unexpectedly catch your reflection in a mirror or window.

In Julia’s case, her butt sticks out. Her shoulders are rolled forward, her upper back is “hunched over” (think Hunchback of Notre Dame) while her arms hang rigidly beside her – they hardly move – when she walks. I wouldn’t be surprised if she suffers from tightness and/or a dull ache between the shoulder blades as well as neck pain and lower back pain. Do you?

There are 2 ways you can create dramatic – and fast – improvements in your posture & reduce your pain & discomfort

1. Use a foam roller for as little as 5 minutes each day can help to get rid of sore & tight spots in your body which cause pain, discomfort and restrict your range of motion which wleading to injury;

2. Mobilisers are simple, rhythmic movements which lubricate and “free up” your muscles and joints so they can move more easily without pain or discomfort. At Sparta we use mobilisers throughout our training sessions. Mobilisers feel great because they require you to move in ways and directions that are essential for the optimal health of your joints & tissues but we rarely do so in our modern (and largely seated) lifestyle.

A great mobiliser for anyone who spends a lot of time seated is a
front hip mobiliser
. This is perfect to do before or after you ride or after a long day at work. Check out the Core Performance website for others. We will be covering mobilisers in more detail in future posts.

Just about the only thing that using a foam roller and/or mobilisers won’t do for Julia Gillard is improve her chances at the next election. But they will improve her posture, decrease her (physical) pain and discomfort and make her feel better. And they will do the same (and more) for you too.

Try these simple, yet powerful, techniques today and let me know what changes you notice in how you feel and move. You will also reduce your risk of injury without even noticing it!