Dentistry Gym – sitting and the importance of movement

Dentistry GymIn this class, Khalil Hussein works on building some of the principles he has been talking about in previous Dentistry Gym classes.

When it comes to exercise there is no right or wrong type and no right or wrong time. Our bodies were meant to move and to stretch. In fact, our brain’s main purpose, if you can believe it, is to produce adaptable and complex movement. Movement is the only way we can affect the outside world, other than sweating.

The humble sea squirt has a brain until it one day finds a nice rock and attaches itself to it. After this happens it digests its own brain as it is no longer necessary. There are countless other examples in nature. For better information check out Daniel Wolpert’s Ted talk on the real reason for brains.

But the main point is that when we speak, we move our vocal cords and force air out to produce sounds. When we write and when we see the world around us, we are using muscles to accomplish these tasks.


All in all, movement is extremely important in our lives. I believe we are slowly sleepwalking into another pandemic. The pandemic of sedentarism.

Dentistry is not very different from the typical desk job that many others face. You are stuck in a relatively similar position for multiple hours, multiple times per week, completing the same tasks over and over again. There is very little variation throughout your day.

And if you think exercising once or twice a week is enough, then sorry to be the bearer of bad news. It’s not.

Movement is required throughout the day as well as in vigorous bouts.

The standard to aim for is 150+ minutes per week. But I would go further in saying that you need this and more moderate-to-light activity throughout your day to really have a healthy and well-moving body. The best place to start is with the Dentistry Gym!

There are quite a few classes now. In each of them, I try to go through principles that you can take home and apply to your own lives.

These classes are basically equipment-free and require nothing but a little time and effort. Putting in the work today will help you tomorrow. Putting in the work tomorrow will help you for the rest of your life.

It’s never too late to start looking after yourself. So, why not start today?

This class is designed for viewers to carry it out with minimal equipment at home. We don’t use weights so these exercises are quite safe for most people.

However, before conducting any exercises please consult your GP or allied health therapist for guidance and advice about your own circumstances and whether these exercises are the right thing for you.

Always seek medical advice before starting any exercise program.

Follow Khalil Hussein on his Instagram: @khalilchiro, or via his website:

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