Just pause and consider this for one moment; you live in a box, go to work in a box, do most of your work sitting in front of a box, go back home to your box and then sit in front of another box to relax! Now consider this; your body was designed to move! We are all the direct descendants of hunter gatherers and it is in our genes to move. If our distant ancestors were unable to move would not be able to find food and would ultimately become food! In short without motion they wouldn’t survive. As intellectual industrialised beings we no longer have to worry about surviving, yet we have 639 individual muscles (approximately 400 skeletal muscles) and over 200 bones that need movement to thrive!
“Today, unlike our ancestors, we may choose not to move. In modern life, moving appears to be optional. Thus what we do to work and play no longer fully engages our musculoskeletal functions….The less we move, the less we are capable of moving”. Pete Egoscue
The human ‘body’ has not changed in hundreds and hundreds of years, yet how we use our bodies has changed dramatically, particularly so over the past fifty years. Although we may strive for comfortable lifestyles, with minimal time spent on manual chores, the hours invested in inactivity will ultimately provide us with an uncomfortable life. Pain, illness discomfort and disability will be the price we pay for a lack of activity. Movement and motion have now become our medicine; they are our daily prescription for healthy living.
There is no getting away from the fact that inactivity is a major health burden. The good news is, it’s never too late to start exercising and benefitting from all the health benefits that physical activity brings. Even if you have had, or you feel like you have had a lifetime of inactivity, we know that it can be hard to get started, but one of the easiest things to do is to try and reduce the amount of time spent sitting every day. Don’t worry about which exercise you need to do, or which class to attend, just think about moving more and moving well!
– Chinese proverb
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.
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