You’ve always heard that belly dancing is bad for your back, but what about your legs?
Most people do not realize that a belly dance puts a strain on the muscle on your lower back. This strain is increased if your body weight is kept on your feet with heavy hip, shoulder, and back exercises. While many people do not realize its effects on the body they usually perform a belly dance with only the back and legs of their legs involved.
Some other people do not realize that there is a stretch in their lower back caused by belly dancing and therefore do not stretch the muscles there. These people should be careful. The stress on the lower back may cause pain for several weeks (and sometimes months).
There is a lot of misinformation about belly dance and back problems. This may be because the information comes from people who are not properly acquainted with the science and do not realize their own health risks.
The bottom line:
Be careful and talk with your doctor.
Most people should only engage in back exercises that are recommended by a doctor. If you are doing back exercises, then you do yourself and your back a tremendous disservice by not engaging in the proper stretches and strengthening exercises. A regular exercise is better than doing nothing.
The federal government has introduced legislation aimed at bringing in a ban on the importation and distribution of ivory. This comes about five years after the ban was approved in the United Kingdom and four years after the ban in South Africa.
“It is extremely disappointing that the British government is following in the footsteps of President [Rwanda’s] Paul Kagame, President [Kissinger] George Bush and others by putting new efforts by the ivory trade bans into law, when they had no intention of implementing the proposals of the CITES [Committee on International Trade in Endangered Species] in the first place, let alone their recommendations,” said WWF-UK Executive Director John Scanlon.
“I would urge the British government to make good on its decision to withdraw from the convention,” Mr Scanlon added.
The proposed legislation was submitted in the House of Commons today by the Home Secretary, where an attempt to limit the importation of ivory was first proposed over a year ago. The amendment was tabled after CITES chairman, Professor Peter Knights, indicated that the ivory trade ban might be adopted in the coming months.
The proposed UK-wide ivory ban was welcomed by WWF and other conservation
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