Have you ever noticed when you spent a lot of time still, like sitting for long periods, you feel sore all over?
I always find this. For instance, if I have a project I’m working on and I spent a lot of time at my desk sitting immobile when I finally get up my back hurts, my neck hurts, my knees hurt. Seems odd in a way doesn’t it? I mean, it’s not like I’m working out.
The reason is our body is a machine that is meant to move. It’s not meant to be immobile, it’s not meant to be still, it’s meant to be in action. When we move, our joints get lubricated, our blood circulates and our muscles get stimulated. That’s what they’re for!
So make sure you’re moving your body every day.
Walking is great, but truthfully, I don’t think it’s enough. Walk, yes, but also do something more, something that challenges your heart and your muscles*. If walking is your thing, do intervals where you walk faster and get your heart rate up, find some stairs to climb, engage your core as you walk, sit on a bench up and down until you feel the work in your leg muscles, walk up a steep hill., challenge yourself! Simple easy walking is not exercise, it’s just life .
(* check with your doctor before starting an exercise program)
So think of your body as a machine that needs daily maintenance in the form of movement and give it what it needs to stay strong and healthy!