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It’s Time to Start Moving

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vaughan_chiropractic_runningWe are born to move.

It sounds so sim­ple, but yet all too often our lifestyles become more and more seden­tary. Sir Isaac Newton’s three phys­i­cal laws of motion were first pub­lished in 1687, yet their core prin­ci­pals hold true. An object that is at rest stays at rest unless an exter­nal force acts upon it. For­tu­nately, we are human beings and not inan­i­mate objects! If you set a rock down, it will never move itself. As human beings, we have the abil­ity to move our­selves. Artic­u­lat­ing joints and mus­cles, coor­di­nated by a cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem, which is con­trolled by a brain that com­puter and robotic man­u­fac­tur­ers are still striv­ing to repli­cate — and still fail­ing to. So, it’s time to real­ize we aren’t rocks and find rea­sons to move on a reg­u­lar basis.

What hap­pens to our bod­ies when we don’t move enough.

The human body is extremely adap­tive. If you were to decide to spend your day sit­ting on a couch the whole time, your body will adjust to that. If you decide to live an active life, your body will adapt to that as well. But if you choose a seden­tary life, don’t expect to be happy with the results.

Here are some of the things to expect with a seden­tary lifestyle.

Smaller lungs.
Weaker, and smaller mus­cles.
Slower metab­o­lism, and excess weight.
Loss of range of motion.
Thin­ner bones and a greater risk of osteo­poro­sis.
Reduced brain func­tion.
Weaker immune sys­tem, more ill­nesses, and slower heal­ing.
Accel­er­ated aging.

Have you already lost a lung?
Stud­ies done by Dr. Dean Ward showed that the loss of lung power is con­nected to aging. By the time most peo­ple reach 50, they have already lost 40% of their lung capac­ity! By age 80, you could have lost 60% or more. Why is this impor­tant to reverse? Smaller lungs mean your entire body will expe­ri­ence a loss of oxy­gen and have a weaker immune sys­tem. The Euro­pean Soci­ety of Car­di­ol­ogy reported in 1988, that even a mod­er­ate decline in lung capac­ity increases your risk of heart dis­ease by 200%.

Oxy­gen brings heal­ing to the body. Have you ever won­dered why the med­ical com­mu­nity is so wor­ried about seniors dying from pneu­mo­nia? Seniors have less lung capac­ity, which lessens their abil­ity to fight off dis­ease and infec­tions. We often see the elderly using oxy­gen tanks just to get around. A major break­through in heal­ing wounds came when the med­ical indus­try devel­oped Hyper­baric Oxy­gen Cham­bers. They found that putting patients in a sealed cham­ber breath­ing pure oxy­gen pres­sur­ized from 11÷2 to 3 times the nor­mal atmos­pheric pres­sure greatly increased the rate of heal­ing. For some peo­ple, espe­cially dia­bet­ics, it meant the dif­fer­ence between heal­ing or not heal­ing. Ath­letes have been known to use them for faster recov­ery, increased endurance, and less fatigue.

So, it you are run­ning out of breath, take it as a warn­ing sign that you could be los­ing your lung capac­ity as well as your abil­ity to fight disease.

Inac­tiv­ity means smaller and weaker mus­cles.
Yoga classWe have all known some­one who wore a cast on their leg, maybe even expe­ri­enced it our­selves. When the cast is removed we can read­ily see that the mus­cles on the leg that had been wear­ing the cast are smaller. This is called atro­phy. When we stop using our mus­cles, whether it was due to an acci­dent or just a seden­tary lifestyle, our bod­ies decide we don’t need those mus­cles any­more. Our bod­ies are extremely effi­cient with what­ever resources it has, and would pre­fer to store food as fat than main­tain mus­cles we are not using. But it’s more than just not using them. Your body pays atten­tion to how much you use them. If your life were to con­sist solely of sit­ting on the couch, get­ting up to raid the fridge, and then head­ing back to the couch to eat, your body will decide that you only need enough mus­cu­lar strength to accom­plish that — and not much more.

Many peo­ple also for­get that the heart is also a mus­cle, and like the other mus­cles in your body it can atro­phy. A smaller, weaker heart will have a lot more trou­ble han­dling stress and shock than a stronger heart. The lack of activ­ity means not just a weaker body, but also a weaker heart. The weaker your heart is, the higher the risk of a heart attack being fatal, since your heart will not have the capac­ity to survive.

Inac­tiv­ity leads to weight gain and a slower metab­o­lism.
Okay, so you prob­a­bly knew this one. But did you know that increased lung capac­ity bring­ing more oxy­gen into your body will increase your metabolism?

Many peo­ple put on extra weight dur­ing the win­ter months, and of course we like to blame it on all that hol­i­day food. But in real­ity, most peo­ple will find they are less active dur­ing the cold win­ter months. They are less likely to go for a walk, or go out­side and play. Less activ­ity allows the weight to creep up a pound here, and a pound there. Next thing you know, you have put on 510 pounds. Since you were less active, your body decided you didn’t need the food for energy and decided to store it as fat.

Inac­tiv­ity will lead to a loss of range of motion.
When we don’t stay active, are bod­ies starts to change. When you no longer use your full range of motion on a reg­u­lar basis, you start to lose it. When the mus­cles start to shorten, they can cause prob­lems as they cre­ate sub­lux­a­tions (mis­align­ments) in the spine and neck. That can lead to pinched nerves, headaches, and back pain. A decreased range of motion will also make you more sus­cep­ti­ble to pulled mus­cle or a sprain/​strain injury.

Every­day tasks, such as tying your shoes or pick­ing some­thing up off the floor, become more of a chore as it becomes increas­ingly harder to bend over far enough.

If you sit a lot — as many of us do with desk jobs — your hip flex­ors will shorten and your pelvis will begin to tilt for­ward. This will shorten your stride as you start to lose your proper range of motion. (Read our arti­cle titled, Can Sit­ting Too Much Kill You?)

Thin­ner bones and a higher risk of osteo­poro­sis.
Start­ing in the 1960s with the space flight of Gem­ini, sci­en­tists noticed that astro­nauts lose an aver­age of more than 1% bone mass for each month they spent in space. The con­di­tion is called Space­flight Osteope­nia. This hap­pens because our bones respond by remod­el­ing to accom­mo­date the stress placed on them. While loung­ing on your couch is not as extreme as space flight, the lack of weight bear­ing exer­cises will over time lead to a lesser den­sity in your bones. Your bones will also nat­u­rally lose den­sity with age.

Osteo­poro­sis is a med­ical con­di­tion where your bones have become brit­tle from the loss of tis­sue and den­sity. For years doc­tors have been rec­om­mend­ing exer­cises, specif­i­cally weight-​bearing, resis­tance train­ing, and flex­i­bil­ity exer­cises, to help indi­vid­u­als build and main­tain their bone mass and den­sity. This helps pre­vent osteoporosis.

Reduced brain func­tion and feel­ing lethar­gic.
Inac­tiv­ity and the lack of exer­cise will quickly leave you feel­ing lazy and lethar­gic. The rea­sons behind this go deeper the just being lazy. When you don’t exer­cise enough, your brain gets less blood flow, and with less blood flow your brain receives less oxy­gen. Your brain needs more than 10 times the amount of oxy­gen the rest of your body does.

When the brain has bet­ter blood flow it func­tions bet­ter — almost imme­di­ately. Have you ever noticed what peo­ple instinc­tively do when they really need to con­cen­trate while on a phone call? They turn off the TV, and they get up and walk around while talk­ing on the phone. The sim­ple exer­cise of walk­ing around allows their brain to focus bet­ter. Reg­u­lar exer­cise pro­motes the growth of new brain cells, which helps boost mem­ory and learning.

Inac­tiv­ity leads to a weaker immune sys­tem, more ill­nesses, and pro­longed heal­ing time.
Your body is built for motion, and lack of activ­ity breaks the body down. Your immune sys­tem will be quickly com­pro­mised due to inac­tiv­ity. Your body will be attacked from mul­ti­ple sources. As your lungs shrink, and less oxy­gen enters your body, your abil­ity to fight off dis­ease decreases. With­out the oxy­gen needed for heal­ing, recov­ery even from a cold takes longer than it should. The loss of mobil­ity and range of motion will cause sub­lux­a­tions (mis­align­ments) to your spine, which in turn will reduce the abil­ity of your cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem to com­mu­ni­cate with your brain. Your brain, already not func­tion­ing as well as it should due to lack of oxy­gen, will have incom­plete knowl­edge of what is hap­pen­ing to your body — and your body will not be able to take care of itself as it should.

The lack of exer­cise leads to weight gain, and for mil­lions of Amer­i­cans blood pres­sure prob­lems as well. Excess weight brings increased risks for heart attacks and type-​2 dia­betes too. Not only do these ill­nesses lead to pre­ma­ture deaths, but you are also look­ing at increased med­ical and drug expenses for a long time, and pos­si­bly the rest of your life.

Aging faster than you should.
Inac­tiv­ity is the express­way to becom­ing old. If you want to get old fast, inac­tiv­ity is a sure-​fire way to accom­plish that goal.

In 1966, the Uni­ver­sity of Texas South­west­ern Med­ical School con­ducted a research study involv­ing 5 healthy young men who were 20. Dur­ing this study, the 5 men spent three weeks of their vaca­tion time in bed. At the end of the three weeks, they were tested again. Dur­ing their three weeks in bed, these men devel­oped many of the phys­i­o­logic char­ac­ter­is­tics of men twice their age! They had higher body fat, faster rest­ing heart rates, less mus­cu­lar strength, a drop in their heart’s max­i­mum pump­ing capac­ity, and higher sys­tolic blood pressure.

It took only three weeks of bed rest for these young men to age 20 years. For­tu­nately for these men, the sci­en­tists con­duct­ing the test didn’t stop there. They put these men into an 8-​week exer­cise pro­gram, which was able to reverse the phys­i­cal dete­ri­o­ra­tion and aging brought on by bed rest, and restore their youth. For some of these young men, the 8-​weeks in train­ing even allowed them to improve upon their health mea­sure­ments that were taken prior to the study.

It’s Time to Start Mov­ing!
Life is move­ment, and our bod­ies were built for move­ment. It’s time for all of us to add more activ­ity to our lives. If your job requires a lot of sit­ting – find times to stand. Take a walk dur­ing your lunch break. If you and your chil­dren enjoy play­ing video games, play games that are active and get every­one up off the couch. Take the stairs instead of the ele­va­tor all the time. Make exer­cise a reg­u­lar part of your life. Find activ­i­ties you and your fam­ily can enjoy doing together. Move. Be active.

Start­ing to exer­cise reg­u­larly is a com­mit­ment to a health­ier, longer life. Since everyone’s cur­rent level of fit­ness if dif­fer­ent, we rec­om­mend that you talk to our doc­tors before start­ing any exer­cise pro­gram. Let them assess your cur­rent level of health and help you design a pro­gram that works for you.

Ben­e­fits of Exer­cise
When most peo­ple think about exer­cise they think about los­ing weight and get­ting in shape. Los­ing weight is prob­a­bly the most com­mon New Year’s res­o­lu­tion. How­ever the ben­e­fits of exer­cis­ing go way beyond weight loss. Here is a list of some of the ben­e­fits of exercising.

Clearer skin
Bet­ter sleep
Improved mood
Bet­ter focus
Weight loss
Bet­ter health
Stronger mus­cles
Faster metab­o­lism
Stronger heart
Higher lung capac­ity
More oxy­gen cir­cu­lat­ing in your body
Bet­ter bone den­sity
Boost brain cell func­tion (which pro­tects against dis­eases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s)
More nutri­ents to your joints
Bet­ter con­trol of your blood pres­sure and blood sugar lev­els
Stronger immune sys­tem
Greater flex­i­bil­ity and mobil­ity
Decreased insulin lev­els
Increased HDL (good) cho­les­terol
Decreased LDL (bad) cho­les­terol
Faster reflexes
Bet­ter Mem­ory
Younger look­ing skin
Less stress
And much more

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