Why It’s Important To Keep Your Body Moving!
Recently, I visited my physical therapist for a small recurring back issue and I was telling her that I must move my body and exercise daily in order to feel well.
If I didn’t move my body daily, I would start hurting and feel less than 100%.
She said “Well you know, motion is lotion”! What a great phrase!
What Does Motion is Lotion Mean?
The body is designed to move as movement improves body functions, promoting physical and mental health.
The more you move, the more lubrication moves through your joints.
According to nursechrisp.com,“Maintaining the motion of your joints can improve your strength, mobility and flexibility. Regularly moving your joints will result in decreased pain”.
Many times sitting still is worse for your body than activity.
Sitting disease is when you sit too much and according to chropractor.com “sitting is the new smoking. An inactive lifestyle is shown to shorten your lifespan, cause hormonal changes, and increase inflammation”.
“Sitting dormant for hours on end, combined with a lack of exercise has been proven to cause type-II diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers”.
Prolonged sitting can also be linked to:
Some folks who work many hours are glued to their desks. For every hour of sitting, you’ll need to get up for 10 minutes. Here are ways to do so:
- Drink lots of water which will force you to get up often
- Set an alarm on your phone
- Set a reminder on your calendar
- Stand while talking on the phone or during a conference call
- Stand during meetings
If there’s no way to step away from your desk, you might want to invest in a Varidesk and stand while you work.
The Varidesk allows you to sit or stand and still be in an ergonomic position. It’s easy to control too!
If you travel long distances, get out of the car and stretch as often as you can and again, drink lots of water. Same goes for flying, get up hourly and walk around the plane.
The guy in the video below really took “not sitting” to extremes! He didn’t sit for a month!
Check it out, maybe you’ll find some inspiration!
Activities that keep you stretching and moving are important for maintaining flexibility and strength.
It’s kind of like keeping your joints oiled.
The Fitbit activity tracker is a good motivator to keep you moving.
If you don’t already know, “Fitbit is a physical activity tracker designed to help you become more active, eat a more well-rounded diet, sleep better and ultimately, turn you into a healthier human being“ according to How Stuff Works.
Personally, I’m obsessed with counting steps and I’ve found that walking is one of the best ways to accumulate steps!
Whether it’s walking on the treadmill or taking a nice walk outside with the dogs, did you know that there are many benefits from walking?
Here are a few:
- A Calmer Mind
- Back Pain Relief
- Sturdier Bones and Joints
- Toned Muscles
- Improved Digestion
- Benefits For the Pancreas
- Increased Lung Volume
- Prevention of Heart Disease
- Improved Eyesight
- Brain Boosting Effect
When you walk, your brain produces mind-boosting endorphins!
It’s good for your body to move every day and to participate in some kind of exercise whether it’s walking, using a piece of cardio equipment or lifting weights.
Here are some other ideas for activities and movement:
- Do counter pushups
- Invent a daily arm routine
- Dance around the house
- Play with the dogs
Be creative! There are always ways to move your body!
Remember…before you start any type of activity or exercise program, it’s best to schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider and /or physical therapist for a full evaluation.
How do you keep your body moving?
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