Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wellness Wednesday - Get Moving!

Mankind has evolved over millenia to MOVE. Our ancesters found movement necessary in order to survive, but modern technology has changed all that. . .but not our bodies.

Many, if not most, of us lead very sedentary lives even though we consider ourselves energetic. Sitting at a desk eight hours a day or more is detrimental to our health in many ways. Here are some startling statistics.

Sitting for long periods of time is killing us, literally. Inactivity may lead to heart disease, obesity, diabetes and a miriad of other diseases.

When you sit for long periods of time, your body begins to shut down. Your fat burners turn off, your metabolism and circulation slow down. You also may breath more shallowly bringing in less oxygen (key to the function of the entire body including the brain).

Exercise is key to avoiding these symptoms, but 30 minutes to an hour 3 times a week may not be enough.

Many doctors today are suggesting that you get up from your desk or chair every 30 minutes or so, stretch and walk around for one to five minutes. This restores circulation, improves the oxygen content of the blood and keeps muscles from getting stiff. At my age, I guess I'm lucky.  I'd like to sit for hours with my bead mat in my lap and not move, but my hip and back remind me often to get up!  I've noticed that I haven't gained any weight over the winter this year as I used to to in the past when I could sit for hours.

Dr. Oz has even suggested removing the chair from your desk and doing all your work standing. His office doesn't have a chair in it. Of course depending on the positioning of computer etc. this may not be feasable for you, but DO get up often and MOVE.

Some of the information here was taken from Womens Health Magazine. There is much more information on the website.

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