However long you live, every day of your life will be far better if you are involved in physical activity. Statistically you improve the quantity, and in the process you definitely improve the quality of your life with movement.
Inactivity has been identified as a MAJOR risk factor for many disease states and sedentary living is now given the same status as smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity as a predictor of health and longevity. Regular physical activity is as important to your health as eating a good diet and not smoking.
As a Chiropractor, Dr. Jen is most concerned about the effects of inactivity on your musculoskeletal system. With only limited weight bearing movement muscles, ligaments and joints suffer. Muscles lose strength and become weak, transferring more shock and force of everyday activities to the joints themselves This can accelerate degeneration and lead to arthritis at a younger age. The joints in the spine, hips, knees and feet do not produce the joint lubricants they require and get achy and sore. Ligaments shorten and tighten.
So what are you to do? STRETCH. Everyday. When you wake up, at lunch and in the evening. CHANGE POSITION EVERY 45 MINUTES; set a timer if you need to but change position. WALK DURING BREAKS. Go outside and walk. Walk stairs or the building if the weather is bad but move. COMMIT to an exercise program. Book it in your schedule like anything else that is a priority. Keep your Chiropractic Adjustment schedule! Keeping the joints moving decreases the rust buildup and improves nervous and muscular system function.