To age happily, eat well, keep fit...and listen to One Direction.
That's the advice from the Ready for Ageing Alliance, who today announced an eleven-point prescription targeted at 50-year-olds, to help them prepare for ageing. Strangely, learning the Alexander Technique isn't specifically mentioned in their recommendations. Yet an upright posture and a spring in your step, not to mention the ability to get in and out of an armchair without moaning and groaning, can do much to delay what the beauty ads refer to as 'the visible signs of ageing'. Click here to check out the 11-point plan (including why you should listen to One Direction at least once).
Can cyclists benefit from the Alexander Technique? Yes they can! Yesterday one of my students brought her bike. As she rode up and down Asmuns Hill, we explored how the application of AT principles enables her to have a lighter, easier and more enjoyable experience of cycling. Furthermore, by eliminating harmful habits (such as excessive gripping of the handlebars, pulling the head back, compressing the spine, distorting the alignment of the knees), you protect yourself from pain and injury long-term.
My top tips for cyclists include: