What promotes good joint and bone health, mental fortitude, strength, excellent circulation, coordination, increased cognitive and learning capabilities, reflex reactivity, immune function and an ability to concentrate better? Movement.
It sounds so simple and yet, it eludes many people as they assume that movement equals exercise and exercise is strenuous and perhaps even unpleasant. But our bodies are designed to move, and movement is critical for physical and mental well-being; even small amounts of movement daily can offset various ailments and improve health.
Without movement, the body deteriorates and becomes susceptible to illness and disease. Regular movement is more important than ever, due to increasingly sedentary lifestyles. Movement provides various health benefits beyond weight loss, including improvement of cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal and organ health. In short, sitting isn’t very good for us more than in short stints. It is estimated that an average American sits for 13-15 hours per day. 200 years ago, nearly 90% of the world’s population existed in agricultural societies. People sat 3-4 hours a day, only while taking breaks from physical work. Also, most were not dependent on cars, buses or trains to get everywhere; nor the technology of washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, etc that make our lives easier but decrease the movement of our bodies. Whether working in fields or in service positions, our ancestors walked and stayed active on a daily basis and didn’t suffer many of the ailments present in our modern society.
Exercise regimens are important, but so is general movement and there are many ways to increase activity in current lifestyle, just by being more aware and committed when it comes to moving the body. Here are a few ways to keep moving from morning to night, and you might be surprised at the little, and fun, ways that movement can sneak into your daily life.
Little steps can equal big results when it comes to increasing the body’s ability to stay healthy. All it takes is one small change done consistently over time to add up to better energy and vitality, while protecting the body. And, if you’re ready to increase daily activity by also incorporating a more vigorous plan, try a new sport, check out a yoga class, go hiking or swimming. By continuing to try new things and moving your body in different ways, the mind and body stay engaged, ready to live in optimum health.
OTR/L, IMH-C, PCES, Expert in JFB Myofascial Release and Pelvic Rehab
Integrative Therapies and Wellness
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