In our fast-paced, goal-oriented world, we tend to be focused on working out. But moving your body naturally provides more health benefits than hitting the gym 5 times a week.
Sitting is the New Smoking
For years, we talked about the effects of smoking. Smoking decreased our length of life and robbed us of quality of life.
Now, our sedentary lifestyles and our poor eating habits are overtaking smoking as the leading cause of fatal lifestyle diseases.
Sedentary lifestyles increase all causes of mortality, double the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and obesity, and increase the risks of colon cancer, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, lipid disorders, depression and anxiety.World Health Organization
It doesn’t help that many of us–myself included–work in fields that require us to sit for 8 to 10 hours a day. The isolation Covid created for so many didn’t help either.
Bottom line… On the whole, we sit more than we ever have in human history, and it isn’t good for our health.
Moving Your Body Naturally
The Blue Zones studies revealed that the communities with the most people over the age of 100 moved naturally throughout their day.
The American Heart Association recommends 10,000 steps a day, and heart disease research indicates that walking does as much for the body as running.
What does all this mean for you?
You don’t have to get a personal trainer and hit the gym 5 days a week to be healthy. You DO have to get out of the chair and find natural ways to move your body.
Finding What Works for You
Finding what works for you is the key to any sustainable habit.
For me, my under-the-desk bicycle, dancing, riding my horse, and walking my dogs are all fun ways to get in natural movement and keep my body lean and healthy.
What types of movement do you enjoy? Drop me a comment!