Gone are the days when most Americans had to fetch water to bathe, forage for food in the forest, chop wood to build homes, chase after large prey, and farm the land just to get dinner. In other words, we've lost our built-in daily exercise. Have you ever stopped to think that the fantastic level of comfort that our culture enjoys is killing us with convenience and ease? We stumble out of bed, walk just a few steps, and run a hot shower. We press "heat" and we suddenly have breakfast. We exit our garage via an electric door opener, drive to work where we ease into an elevator, then sit all day in a chair. We even go through the drive-through at lunch to keep from getting out of our car and walking inside. I'm sure most of us would agree that getting up to change the TV channel is now way too much work. In other words, we have perfected the ability to do the least amount of physical activity possible. Now we have to figure out how to get to the gym in order to put movement back into our bodies. Strange, right?
Want a couple of really great tricks to get some exercise and movement back into your daily routine?
Park your car down the street from your home, at the far end of the parking lot at work, at the grocery store, and at all of your errands.
Take the stairs vs. the elevator.
Misplace your remote control for the TV.
If you are recovering from joint pain, you may have to gently build up to this new movement as your body adjusts to more activity. By adding these baby steps, you will be amazed at how quickly you build new strength and endurance. These extra few minutes of exercise will soon add up and have you energized and focused for the rest of your day, easily making up for the minutes that you "spent" doing the exercise. So while you may not need to sprint to catch your evening meal, you'll soon be looking for excuses to run more errands. Keep yourself moving so that our modern life and technology (which is designed to make our lives easier) doesn't kill you slowly and comfortably with its "Ahhh" factor.