Born to move

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Sitting is the new smoking, they say—but when your job involves sitting behind a desk in front of a screen, what are you supposed to do?

Most people have disconnected their mind and body. We work in jobs that do not require our bodies, simply sitting at desks clicking mouse buttons and tapping on keyboards. The relationship between our bodies and our movement is forgotten. We only notice our bodies when "something goes wrong" with it.

Our bodies are designed to move. It is estimated that the current generation of children will die earlier than their parents, due to diseases linked to sedentary lifestyles.

Our bodies are perfectly made to be able to run or jump. Did you know that the strength, size and function of your muscles reduce within 24 hours, when reducing your movements?

To feel better, have more energy and even add years to your life, just exercise. Exercise and movement are a great way to feel better, boost your health and have fun.

Movement not only affects our body but also our brain and is essential to mental wellness. By moving or working out, we can change and boost our brain functions and structure, helping to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and improve enhanced cognitive functioning, mood, and energy. While it is always important to recognize that everyone responds uniquely to exercise, using physical movement as a mechanism can enhance our brain for optimal wellness.

Some of the best physical activities for your body do not require the gym or ask you to get fit enough to run a marathon. However, they can do wonders for your health. As little as ten continuous minutes of movement can benefit your health. Start small and over time, your minutes of movement will build up.

By moving, we tell our body to retrieve stored energy (fat or glucose) and use it. Our body stores any extra energy in muscles or uses it to repair, rather than storing it as fat. It strengthen our muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, and clears out accumulated waste products.

So just start to move more and sit less. Include more movement into your day easily:

  • Walk or bike instead of driving.

  • Park your car some distance away from your destination and walk.

  • Get off a stop early on your commute and walk the remaining distance.

  • Take the stairs whenever you can, instead of the lift.

  • Get up from your chair every hour and move.

  • Play with your kids or pet.

Find any activity you enjoy or can do with friends or family. Many of the things we do for fun (and work) count as exercise. Raking the yard counts as movement. So does dancing and playing with your kids. As long as you are doing some form of exercise for at least 30 minutes a day and you include two days of strength training a week, you can consider yourself an "active" person.