The human body was created to move. Not only does it make us look and feel better to be more active, movement actually plays an important part in the functioning of bodily systems. Leading a sedentary lifestyle leads to weight gain, stiff muscles, poor circulation, depressed mood, toxic build up, etc, etc. Movement can be as simple as walking or as challenging as Cross Fit (and just about anything in between – like yoga 😉
So here I present you with 5 reasons to get off your duff!
- Muscular contractions of the leg muscles help return the blood up and out of the legs and feet, thereby preventing or improving edema and/or varicose veins;
- Our lymphatic system (or toxin disposal system) has no pump to move lymph. By contracting muscle, stretching, twisting and even breathing deeply, we help move the lymph through and out of the body.
- Sitting places 6 times the amount of force on the low back than standing or walking which leads to low back pain.
- Movement releases endorphins that make us feel good! You know what they say – Exercise is the most under-used antidepressant.
- Exercise isn’t just good for the body. It’s good for the brain! Movement improves cognitive function. The part of the brain that processes movement is the same part that processes learning. (Teaching with the Brain in Mind, by Eric Jensen)