Move: For most of us, when we were a child, it was a simple thing. You are designed to walk, run, jump, and move items. But as you got older, how often did you use your body less and less? How often do you sit, remaining in that same position, repeating it each day?
Excess sitting is associated with obesity, hypertension, joint pain, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and depression.
Today, our children are more sedentary than the previous generation
Many predict that the current generation of children is set to live shorter lives than parents. This forecast is due to diseases linked to sedentary lifestyles. One study in Finland combined physical activity with learning activities. Grade school classes of six elementary schools participated in the study. The intervention group engaged in physically active academic lessons and the control group in normal classroom activities. Posttest mathematics and reading scores of the children who partook in the intervention were relatively higher in comparison with the control children. Physical activity benefited school performance. Could it affect your performance of daily tasks?
Excessive sitting is a problem that established itself over the last two hundred years ago as our prior world existed as rural communities. People would interrupt their work activity three to five hours each day to take a break. Today Americans sit for over twelve hours a day.
Your ancestors walked several miles a day and only sat for brief periods. Today the average worker takes a few steps to the car, drives to work and sits for most of the day.
If you questioned patients in an arthritis practice, you would find patients relate they do not walk. Movement after an arthritis diagnosis is important. Movement helps joints stay healthy. Arthritis transpires when cartilage and bone in joints deteriorate. Inflammation can be a cause or a consequence.
There are more than 100 types of arthritis. Some forms occur when the immune system attacks joint linings. Joints can become painful and swollen. Over time, they can become damaged. Pain and the resulting damage impair movement and lead to disability.
Osteoarthritis is the most frequent form of arthritis, affecting more than 40 million Americans. It is associated with genetics in many cases, but it is caused by trauma and aging also. Still, it does not need to be disabling.
Low-impact exercises, including walking, swimming, and biking, can promote better joint health. Movement is important to not only lessen symptoms but also decrease the impact of arthritis.
Moving forward every hour, get up, and move. Take a walk after lunch. Schedule leisure time with others. Once you are up and moving, you may never go back. Your health improves with movement, productivity gets better, and you enjoy your life more. Are you ready to give up on your body or will you use it to your full potential?