Are you sitting comfortably? You shouldn’t be. Not for long, anyway. Because “sitting disease” is real!
Study after study links excessive sitting to poor health, including back pain, joint pain, weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, strokes and a shorter lifespan. And the hours quickly add up, sitting in the office, in the car, at meals, on the sofa.
Our body is designed to MOVE; it NEEDS physical activity! And I’m not talking about going to the gym and exercising, but NATURAL MOVEMENT, like walking, taking the stairs, hiking, gardening, dancing, playing ball, playing tag, even cleaning the house, or anything alike. *
Few activities are as underrated as walking. It is an essential movement that we all require!
Walking is actually powerful medicine, with significant health benefits. *
It improves circulation and activates the lymphatic system, our body’s garbage removal system, thus enhancing detoxification. It supports joint health and improves muscle tone and bone density, while decreasing pain and stresses on the joints. It also strengthens our glutes and leg muscles, while simultaneously lengthening them, helping to shape our body. It also triggers the release of natural pain-killing endorphins, and the more steps people take during a day, the better their mood and sleep become.
“Walking is man’s best medicine”, as Hippocrates said. At least one of the best.