A body kept active is more likely to maintain health and longevity. To walk, run, climb, crawl, squat, twist, bend, push, pull and lift allows us to perform all manner of physical demands for daily living, work, sport, and play, but ultimately to maintain life.
Even greater implications of an active lifestyle are lower medical costs, the prevention, reversal, or reduction of the disease process, maintaining your best natural weight, increasing and maintain endorphin production and improved quality of sleep.
And….when we move our body
The muscles and connective tissues pump the lymphatic system, moving cellular waste out for elimination.
The disc spaces between our vertebrae are hydrated by movement and this keeps them healthy and intact. Without movement they dehydrate, loose space and degenerate.
Our neuromuscular system stays robust -i.e. the feedback loop for our motor skills to our brain stays sharp and able to perform on demand.
Movement and exercise is so individual and there are endless activities to keep active- so find an activity you enjoy doing and put your groove on! Read on for an example of what mere walking can do for you. Imagine what dance, hiking, jogging, biking, swimming, golfing, yoga, bocce ball, table tennis, etc could do for your health and longevity!
Benefits of Walking are many, life supporting, and perhaps surprising.
Sustained walking sessions for a minimum of 30-60 minutes 5 times a week has been well studied to show it can lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and increase HDL (good cholesterol), boost the metabolism and sustain lasting results, reduce the production of Cortisol, the stress hormone related to weight gain, maintain motor control, balance and coordination, help to prevent constipation, naturally cleanse the body by pumping the lymphatic system, balance the hormones that regulate insulin, lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, improve cardiovascular performance, reduce muscle stiffness and pain and nourish all cellular function by increasing the flow of blood, oxygen and water throughout the body.
and…Reverse or Reduce symptoms of and prevent diseases such as
- Type 2 diabetes
- Anxiety and Depression
So Find Your Grove and Move!