We were made to move. Don’t believe me? Consider for a moment that there are around 650 skeletal muscles in the human body. Then, recall that the majority of human history consists of movement. Walking, running, hunting, gathering, plowing fields, hoeing gardens, milking cows, churning butter, kneading bread dough, and so on. Humanity performed physical work and ate natural foods.
Along came the industrial revolution and technology with desk jobs and pre-packaged foods loaded with preservatives. We stopped moving and started sitting. No wonder our overall health plummeted while obesity rates and fatigue escalated.
What’s the solution? How do we regain our energy with the stamina to handle the stress-filled journey of a fast-paced life? We can start by moving more.
Not all exercise requires a gym membership, personal trainer, or elaborate weight machines. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park your car further away from the door. Take a walk around the neighborhood after supper or on your lunch break. Do push-ups, lunges, or the plank during television commercials. Try sitting on a stability ball instead of a desk chair. Pace the room while talking on the phone or stand while reading. Do bicep curls with the milk jug before and after pouring it on your cereal. Stretch before bed and in the morning to gain flexibility and improve circulation. Wear a pedometer and try to take more steps than the day before. Play tag or frisbee with the kids or join a recreational sports team.
We were made to move.
What about you? Do you exercise regularly or randomly? How can you weave more movement into your day?