Hey! Do me a favor and stand up while you read this post. Your body will thank you for it.
Chronic inactivity has a similar mortality rate to smoking, according to Diabetologia. This can be doubly bad news for people who do not exercise and also smoke. When it comes to a healthy life, there can be an overwhelming amount of things to try and do and to keep track of to live your best life. Wholistic wellness plans look at the big picture and try to keep things balanced instead of dedicating all efforts to one fad or the next.
Today, we’re talking about the beauty of movement and some of the side effects and long term problems that can happen when you no longer get up and move.
Saint Motel has a new song on the radio here in Colorado called “Move” and it’s pretty inspiring! The lyrics are pretty simple. The chorus repeats “Gotta get up, I gotta get up/Move!” and the hook channels just a bit more detail with “Head, shoulders, knees, toes/Look alive it’s time to go.” Not only does the song make you want to physically get up and move, it makes you want to dance!
This is one of the many inspirations in pop culture that can help us lead a healthy life, but when it comes down to it, movement is a very useful way to ward off some of life’s greatest fears.
Harmful Impact of Inactivity
For an interactive look at how inactivity can impact the body and for facts relating to the percentage of possibility increase of each of those symptoms, diseases, or conditions, head over to The Conversation for an interactive map.
Inactivity can lead to:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Cancer (16 different types)
- Heart disease, attack
- High blood pressure
- Increased depression
- Increased anxiety
- Increased suicide attempts
- Decreased optimism
- Decreased happiness
When it comes to movement, though, it’s not just about regular exercise. While regular exercise is super important for wholistic wellness, there can be another factor of inactivity in a lot of people’s lives that may be surprising: chronic sitting. Think holders of desk jobs and couch potatoes. Chronic sitting is problematic because molecular cascades that are triggered by standing cannot function as intended. Cellular and muscular systems that process cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar are activated within just 90 seconds of standing.
The body was designed to move for most of the day and rest periodically. Unfortunately for most people today, it is the opposite.
Simple Ways to Add Movement to your Day
- Stand at work, if possible. (Not possible all the time? Stand while on the phone.)
- Stand when you browse social media.
- Go for a 30 minute walk (outside means fresh air too).
- Take the stairs.
- Go to the bathroom furthest away from you.
- Park in a spot furthest away from the door.
- Do 10 jumping jacks at the top of every hour.
- Stand during commercial breaks (or between episodes when streaming).
- Go on active dates like a bike ride around the neighborhood and a picnic at the park.
Health Benefits of Regular Movement
By taking advantage of moving regularly, you may notice an increase in:
- Blood flow
- Brain cell growth
- Cognitive repair
- Faster release of neurotransmitters
- Reduced chance of all bad things listed above
These are just some of the many health benefits that can grace your life once regular movement is a part of it. Strive for wholistic wellness and results will follow!