The body is designed to move. In fact, just because you have worked out to start your day, your body still needs to move and be stimulated throughout the day. A recent study in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine found that “prolonged sedentary time was independently associated with deleterious health outcomes regardless of physical activity.” In essence, to reach and maintain optimal health you need to move and move more often.
Katy Bowman, a noted biomechanist writes: ” Your body requires low-grade movement throughout the entire day for basic biological function. It has almost nothing to do with athletic performance – it has to do with your body’s circulation and feeding its cells.”
Most of us put so much energy into our thinking and our mental game and need to transfer some of that to moving our bodies more. Here are some strategies that may help enhance mobility.
1. Walk and use stairs instead of the elevator or escalators.
2. Don’t sit for more than 60 minutes at a time. Try body squats, planks, and even push-ups.
3. Perform small movements and stretches throughout the day.
4. Use a fit bit or wearable activity tracker that can be programmed to remind you to move at desired time intervals.
5. Engage others in walking meetings.
6. The more you change your body’s geometry and position the healthier you will be.
7. Just because you have an ergonomic chair doesn’t mean you should stay seated for long periods of time.
8. GET UP AND MOVE!