Everyone has heard the phrase that an object in motion stays in motion. As much as most of us would like to believe that this isn’t true, unfortunately it is. But why is it so hard for us to accept? All too often we stay indoors in a sitting position if life will allow us. We’ll go out of our way to put off daily chores, and errands in a second just to avoid the extra effort that it calls for. How did we get this way? We live in a time that everything is readily available. Before, we would have to make our clothes, raise and harvest our own food, build our own homes; that used to be the norm. The more we evolved as a society, the less we had to exert ourselves physically, and the lazier we got. We can have food, clothing, household supplies, and even groceries brought to our doorstep. Why would we go through all the pains to acquire these things on our own? Don’t get me wrong, I know there are many physical jobs out there that require long hours on your feet whether serving customers or manual labor, so when you get home, you just want to rest. But what about those who work office jobs and sit for most of their day? While those jobs are just as exhausting mentally, which can sometimes be just as bad, still physically, it’s taking a bigger toll on our bodies without us even realizing it.
“Excessive sitting is now linked with diseases and conditions, including obesity, hypertension, back pain, cancer, cardiovascular disease and depression,” says James, Levine, M.D., Ph.D., the director of Obesity Solutions at Mayo Clinic in Arizona and Arizona State University. It is estimated that the current generation of children will die earlier than their parents, which may be linked to their sedentary lifestyle per Dr. Levine. Dr. Levine also stated that “People who are physically active at work become more productive, about 11 to 15 percent more productive”.
When you’re active your body releases ‘feel good’ hormones. That’s why even when you struggled to get out of the bed for your morning workout, you felt energized afterwards. When you feel better about yourself, you tend to have a more positive and productive day.
Have you ever woken up from an extra-long night’s sleep sore, and needing more rest than before