Your Body Needs to Move!
By Donna Stark
It always feels good to be successful, but if the only thing you have been successful with lately is living a sedentary life, you may want to change course. Physical activity does a body good and is part of the foundation to optimal health and wellness, so don't you think it's time to get moving? After all, the only things that come out of an inactive lifestyle are the things you don't want to be dealing with! Pain, weakness, and serious health issues are headed your way if you don't make some important changes today.
You Have to Move!
Sadly, the world today encourages our successful sedentary lives. We sit at school and at work, and then we come home to sit some more. We scroll through social media while sitting in our beds, we watch movies while sitting in the theater, and we cheer for our favorite teams while sitting on the bleachers. Sit, sit, sit, sit, sit. It's no wonder why our bodies are acting up! Take a quick look at how too much sitting can affect your overall well-being.
- Weight gain
- Reduced muscle strength and function
- Compromised immune system
- Poor circulation
- Increased inflammation
- Hormonal imbalances
- Increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and cancer
- Increased depression and anxiety levels
Adding More Movement to Your Days
It's time to combat the effects of a sedentary lifestyle and the best way to do that is to start moving your body! Fortunately, you don't need to become an extreme or professional athlete in the process. Just look for ways to put your body to work. Here are some easy suggestions to try.
- Clean your home - Don't worry if you have a cleaning service come to your house. Just save the big jobs for them while you take care of the day-to-day chores.
- Take care of your yard - Mowing, raking, pruning, and planting are excellent ways to give yourself an all-over body workout.
- Exercise daily - If you have trouble committing to daily exercise, hire a professional trainer, join a fitness class, or ask a friend to work out with you. Sometimes, all that is needed is someone to hold you accountable.
- Take breaks - Remember to take frequent breaks from work or school so you can stand up and move your body. Use these few minutes to stretch or take a short walk. You can also decide to stand when talking on the phone.
Finding success with your overall health and wellness instead of your sitting will impact your life in more ways than you know, so get up and move! Your body will definitely thank you for doing so!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in St. George, Utah.