Updated: Dec 6, 2021
Over the last year and a half, COVID has certainly made the importance of health very clear. We have all seen how quickly things can change with an illness.
While COVID is currently front and center in most people's thoughts, it isn't the only medical thing out there that can change your life. Heart disease, diabetes, strokes, and cancer can all be devastating diagnoses too.
Movement offers a defense
If you're looking to be more resilient and defend yourself against these things, physical activity can do it. The dangers of being sedentary are well known and excessive sitting and sedentary time have even been called "the new smoking".
For many of us, sitting and being inactive is part of our jobs, especially for people who work from home. However, research has shown that getting in enough movement during the day can counteract the negative effects of being sedentary.
A large study done in the U.K. found no association between the amount of time people spent sedentary and their chances of illness. But the authors didn't conclude that being sedentary is OK. Instead, they felt their findings were likely "attributable to a protective effect of the high volumes of daily walking." The study was conducted in London, where people tend to spend much more time walking or standing than average. The people in the study had daily walking times that were over double the average amount reported in the U.K. So if you're spending a lot of time sitting for work, be sure to take a walk or do some other exercise.
Physical Therapists Are Unequaled Experts in Human Movement
While walking was the activity in this particular study, other research has shown that all kinds of movement can help protect your health. If you're looking to get those protective benefits for yourself you could choose to walk, bike, lift weights, dance or garden. If you're not moving as much or as well as you'd like, see a physical therapist. PTs are the most qualified professionals on the planet to help you move better and allow you to stay healthy and enjoy life. From designing a program to get you started or moving more, to helping you recover from an injury, your PT is the right person to look to for help.
If you're in the Durham, NC area and want someone to help you on this journey, schedule a free consultation here. I'd love to help!