When was the last time you:
Has it been days? Weeks? Months? Years?
These are just a few, among many movements, that our amazing bodies can make. We humans are designed to move: walk, crawl, jump, throw, climb, twist, and run.
In the modern world however, we are often not getting enough motion, let alone enough variety of motion to help keep us feeling good.
Technology is advancing, making our lives easier.
The majority of us have jobs that require limited movements. Even manual jobs have become less physical (with machinery, tractors, etc.).
We can get from our house, to work, to our parents house on the other side of the country without taking more than a few hundred steps. We have cars, Ubers, escalators, moving walkways, elevators, trains and planes.
SUV trunks now shut with the push of a button – never again will we have to reach over our heads.
We’ve traded the more primitive tools of the hammers, spoons, and screwdrivers for the nail guns, hand mixers, and drills. All of which require us to exert ourselves less.
How is technology affecting your daily movement?
What can be done about our motion deprived and often motionless lifestyle?
A lot, actually:
- Opt for modes of transport that get you moving your legs – walking, biking and stairs. Start small if you need to, by taking the most distant parking spot at work or walking for five minutes after lunch.
- Get in extra motions breaks throughout the day. Set an hourly timer when you’re sitting to remind you to stand up and take a stretch or quick stroll across the room to get the blood circulating.
- Get creative: do jumping jacks, bear crawls, side shuffles, and other alternative exercises that force you to move in ways you don’t move everyday.
- There are all sorts of easy-to-advanced exercises that you can do from the comfort of your own home. These exercises are designed to restore proper function, balance and range of motion from head-to-toe. They are custom-tailored to your posture, your abilities, and your goals in order to get you out of pain, avoid future pain, and get you back to the activities you love. Interested? Schedule your free postural evaluation in-person or over Skype.