Why Sitting AGES You
It is no secret that in our modern world of easy convenience we move less.
Yet, a sedentary lifestyle is deadly and youth robbing.
Many studies have proven that sitting for long periods of time can lead to serious issues. As a retired massage therapist, the worst cases I saw were from lack of movement.
Some of the issues include… physical pain, cancer, heart attacks, obesity, weak bones, hormone problems, poor circulation and diabetes to name a few.
It is also terrible for your back, neck and spine. Many of the chiropractors I worked with would agree!
It can also make your belly look fat as it tightens your hip flexors and widens your waist!I noticed this on myself when I started doing more writing and sitting. Not cool! So I had to make changes myself.
The human body was designed to MOVE. Our ancestors spent the majority of their day outside, working and foraging for food. There are still come cultures that live like this and have many centurions living among them… that are in great health, have amazing mobility and no diseases!
In your younger years, you can get away with a lot of things and as you age, lack of movement and exercise will cause harm. From basic physical functions and everyday movements.
As you have heard me saw often, technology is a blessing and it comes with a price if you do not learn the balance. Exercise and movement will improve the quality of your life., while the latter will rob it quickly from you.
While diet play a big part in middle age and beyond, it is vital to add movement into the mix. Not only for maintaining a healthy weight, but for your mental and emotional health.
And in case you needed more convincing, here are a few more reasons to move! Lower your blood pressure, reduce illness and maintain strong bones!
You can stop this premature aging aspect by making sure you add exercise to your pro-aging mix.
So how do you make this fun?
First, make a choice for yourself that you are going to live an amazing life and that you will makes steps toward it. Every step, no matter how small matters.
If you are on the computer, look into stand up desks.
Set timers every 90 min to get up and stretch/walk around.
Dance on the spot like I do! It’s fun and you get a dose of silliness and dopamine.
START where you are and build from there! Rome wasn’t built in a day!
Each time you get better and better and the small wins set you up for success!
Every little action counts, it’s like a bank account that adds up. Be kind to yourself in the process.