An Object in Motion…Stays in Motion!
By now I’m sure you’ve heard of Newton’s First Law which states: an object in motion stays in motion and an object at rest stays at rest UNLESS acted upon by an outside force.
This law holds true for everything in the universe including YOU!
If we dive deep into nature, we would see that motion occurs ALL around us — from orbiting planets in space — to rivers and streams flowing — all the way to cells and tissues in the human body.
Consider this quote from James Chestnut DC: “Blood cells that don’t move cannot transport oxygen, lungs that don’t move can’t breathe, hearts that don’t move can’t pump blood, and spines that don’t move can’t create the motion required for proper joint nutrition, for the activities of daily living, or for the stimulation of the joint-brain pathways required for proper brain and body function.” Motion plays a key role in maintaining proper homeostasis in the body.
As chiropractors we say motion is life, and if you aren’t moving…well, then you’re basically dead. Take fish for instance. Most require a current (i.e. movement of the water) to maintain optimal health! Just take a look at the video below and tell me which one you would prefer to jump in!
SEE VIDEO BELOW: THE DOCTORS COMPARE WATER IN MOTION TO WATER THAT HAS STAGNATED!
90% of the stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by the movement of the spine.
-Dr. Roger Sperry M.D.
Is Sitting Really the New Smoking?
The answer is unequivocally yes! Research is now showing that living a sedentary lifestyle is actually WORSE than smoking. Now just to clarify, smoking is also bad (and of course we never recommend it), BUT if you are someone who sits a lot AND smokes, well that’s a real recipe for disaster. Thanks to technology we are seeing a decrease in activity levels across all ages — it’s not just the adults anymore. Kids are becoming more and more sedentary and their spines, as well as their entire bodies, are suffering as a result.
A study conducted back in 2015 on young girls between the ages of 9 and 12 found that girls who had prolonged amounts of sitting time or inactivity showed changes in their blood flow and arteries. Those same changes, if seen in an adult, would signify the beginning stages of serious heart disease. But just how long are our kids sitting today on average?
An epidemiological, large scale study found that the average school age kid sits for about 8.5 hours each day. If we factor in the time that they are asleep (which should roughly be around 7-8 hours), it would mean that our kids today are inactive for almost 17 hours out of a 24 hour day. And for adults it’s even worse! The average American worker today sits for 13 hours per day. Factor that in with the hours they are asleep and you will find that the average adult today is inactive for 21 hours out of a 24 hour day.
No wonder disease rates are sky rocketing!
What to Do?
The great part is YOU can start making changes today to live a more active lifestyle. The latest research out there shows that walking for just 30 minutes a day decreases your risk of heart disease by 60%! Amazing!
To keep it simple, here’s a quick list of things to start implementing right away to help you become more active:
- See a chiropractor on a regular basis
- Walk, bike, run or swim for at least 30 minutes per day
- Join a gym and attend classes
- Find an outdoor hobby (softball, tennis, golf, etc.)
- Take breaks periodically at work: stand up/stretch/go for a quick walk around the office
- Mow the lawn
- Go rollerblading
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator
- Yoga and/or Pilates
- Decrease your daily screen time (TV, phone, iPad, etc.)
There really are so many things you can do on a daily basis to increase your activity levels. And remember, with every step you take (literally!) you are moving closer TOWARD health and further away from disease. Now, go get moving!