Sitting Around Will Decrease Your Quality of Life and Create Disease
Sitting around will decrease your quality of life if you do it too much. Workplaces have changed considerably over the past couple of decades and it is quite normal for someone to be sitting for 6-8 hours per day. If you start to add this up you will have sat for 1,500-2,000 hours per year just at work.
There are 2 ways in which disease gains a stronghold in your life. The first way is through toxicity. Toxic reactions in your body can lead to abnormal cell growth and create chronic health problems.
The second way is through deficiency. Deficiency can come in the area of nutrients, water (which over 25,000 people on earth die every day) or other daily basic needs that keep the body functioning. But the biggest deficiency that is experienced daily in first world nations is MOTION.
Motion creates life for your cells and in your joints. Your joints are part of your nervous system that is the master control system of your body. When your joints move correctly then your brain gets good messages from the body. The fact that the joint tissues have little to no blood supply to the cartilage tissue that surrounds them makes motion really important for their survival.
When joints are moved they bring food into themselves and expel waste into the surrounding tissue. Movement causes the proper exchange of food and waste for the joint.
There are several ways that a joint can be moved. You can move a joint by getting up and walking, running, exercising, playing sports and passively a chiropractic adjustment can move a joint that has abnormal motion. These joint movements should be a normal part of your everyday life to keep a joint healthy.
The reality is that 50% of North Americans experience degeneration of these joints as they age (1). It is a sad story because no less than 150 years ago motion was a part of life. Countries where people have less access to transportation have lower rates of degeneration in their joints.
In order to combat this lack of motion it is important to make movement a priority in your everyday life. Here are 5 ways to improve motion in your life.
- Set a timer or download an app that reminds you to get up for 20 seconds to one minute every 20-30 minutes. It does not need to be a long time to make a huge impact in your daily life.
- Buy a good chair. There are many desk chairs that are considered ergonomically correct but the best thing you can do is buy a chair that will keep your joints activated throughout the day. I have these chairs for the people in my office and they love them. (add link to spinalis chairs for sale)
- Do some metabolic exercise at lunch. You can perform 3-6 minutes of exercise per day that will help move your joints and keep them from becoming swollen and stiff during the day.
- Get a stand-up desk. Stand-up desks have helped many people in my personal practice decrease pain in their body and improve their energy levels at the end of the day.
- Do something everyday with your family that involves moving. The easiest and most economical thing you can do is walk with your family at night. This helps you all get moving and when you leave your phones at home it also helps your family grow closer together.