Getting in some exercise and moving can be difficult. Especially in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Humans have evolved from a nomadic lifestyle to a sedentary one. In today’s society, people are conditioned to sit. We sit in the car on the way to work, we sit at a desk all day, we drive home and sit on the couch to watch a show. And we do this on repeat almost every day. Maybe we change it up on the weekends, move more and run errands.
This minimal movement is not enough.
This sedentary lifestyle has been linked to a number of health issues, such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes and depression. A 2017 study found that sitting for long periods is a risk factor for early death. Sitting for prolonged periods of time can also lead to muscle degeneration, weight gain and back and neck pain.
“Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.” — Carol Welch
Getting in a workout is great, but recent evidence has shown that an intense exercise regimen won’t reverse the negative effects of constant sitting. While it is a good idea to get in a workout, it is also important to get some movement in throughout your day.
Regardless of what you do, just start moving.
Moving your body every day is beneficial for your mental and physical health. Movement improves circulation, regulates digestion, increases flexibility, improves joint health, helps regulate your weight, improves your sleep, improves productivity and creativity, reduces stress, increases mental clarity, improves focus and concentration and makes you an all-around happier person.
Incorporating movement into your daily routine is key. These are realistic and sustainable steps you can easily start and keep up with.
It may be difficult to get that routine in place, but once you do you will feel all the better for it. Be creative and add some movement to your sedentary lifestyle.
Originally published on Medium.