Sometimes I realize I sound like a broken record- professing the same concepts and using the same stories to illustrate a point. There were quite a few parables that my children, and Mary, would roll their eyes at- and then recite the ending. We need to hear things over and over for them to become ingrained (ever wonder why the same commercials are repeated ad naseum)? Currently I am talking to everyone about the dangers of inactivity and the physical, mental and emotional benefits of exercise.
Our next door neighbors have an adorable 5 month old baby girl who we have the pleasure of seeing on a regular basis (call it grandparent training). She is constantly on the move and totally flexible in every joint of her body. I compare this to most people I know- high school kids I coach, “middle aged” friends, elderly patients and relatives. They have lost their natural fluidity because of our life styles.
We have been duped into believing that 3 sessions of 30 minutes of moderate exercise per week will be enough to keep us healthy. While that’s a good start what we really need is “non exercise movement” all day long. a large percentage of our nervous system energy is designed to allow us to move in space. If we don’t move the body adapts and creates abnormal movement patterns which are inefficient. As we lose movement it affects our heart, digestion, bone health, and decreases the expression of our life force. We literally rust out from the inside. Plato put it this way- “Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise saves it and preserves it”.
If you are not happy with the way you feel, the way you look, or the way your body is working please consider moving more. I have found that the more I restore the normal movement patterns in my body (through Chiropractic, high intensity training, and joint mobility) the better my overall health is. Please contact me if you need help getting started! Remember every journey starts with the first step- take it today!!
Expect Health, Dr Matt
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