Move…what does ‘moving’ mean to you?

“Keep moving people, no matter how small. Keep practicing good human movement. There’s little point in living long if you don’t live well.”

This was written by a fellow fitness professional after her father-in-law fell the other day…he likely fell because he is no longer steady on his feet.

This is my Dad. This is my sister. These are folks I see on a daily basis. We lack movement. We are a society of convenience. We are busy. We are tired. We want stuff ASAP so we cruise through a drive through.

We sit in car to go to work. Sit at a desk. Sit in a car to go home. Sit on the couch. I’m sitting right now. How often do I sit a day? I should tally the hours…

Outside of the muscle/stiffness aspect (I could go on for hours and hours about this) that happens if we sit too much, so much more happens to our brain and body.

Tom Rath, Author of the New York Times bestselling book, Eat Move Sleep, said this in a recent article in Forbes magazine, “Sitting is the most underrated health-threat of modern time. Researchers found that sitting more than six hours in a day will greatly increase your risk of an early death.”  Read the full article here.

I know we have to get stuff done at work. That may mean sitting at a desk. How can you recharge quick? Stand up and move. Move a little bit every couple of hours. Lubricate your joints so you’re not stiff. Get the blood flowing through your body so you can think clearer and have more energy. Start off by walking for 5 minutes every 90 minutes. Then walk longer or add movement.

Rath also mentioned that walking could increase energy levels by 150 percent.“Inactivity is dangerous,” he said, “In fact, some research shows inactivity now kills more people than smoking.” WHAT?! Wow. 

Start to move. Just start. It will be hard – but well worth it. Stay tuned for more.

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