In our affluent society, the more privileged one is, it seems the less one needs to do, for oneself or for others. Someone else tends, cleans, prepares, fetches, delivers, conveys, trains, all so we have more time to enjoy ourselves. Or work. Or workout. Or work late.
If you’re sitting all day at a desk, drive to and from work (or school), even if you exercise for an hour every day, that one hour out of twenty-four won’t make up for the stasis your body must endure the rest of the time. The human body’s not designed to be inactive but for the time you are asleep. You’re designed to move around during waking hours (the other 2/3 of your life).
Your heart is a muscle, one of several hundred. It’s designed to move blood around your body and maintain circulatory operations at a minimal level while you’re asleep. But it only pumps around the big pipes. If you want to get blood to ALL your tissues, you need to use ALL YOUR OTHER muscles to get blood all the way out to the littlest blood vessels, fill the capillary beds, make your fingers and toes warm, keep your complexion looking fabulous. For this result you need to move everything a bunch. Which you can probably guess I'm not doing while I'm typing this.....
Sitting in a chair all day long is no good for you or anyone else. A sedentary life may be survivable indefinitely, but if you want to feel good, you have got to move your body. Get some circulation going and keep it going. All over.
And here' s a thought that just came to me: what if ADHD is simply children being aware that sitting in one place is illness in the making? What if they’re still in touch enough with their bodies to get the message it’s sending them? Robust and a variety of movement is the way the body takes care of itself. Muscles move, circulation results. Oxygen, food, garbage removal only gets to tissues when the local muscles are moving. So instead of giving our young drugs so they’re able to sit without moving for hours on end, maybe we should get a clue: everyone’s body wants and needs to move a bunch.
These bodies of ours are remarkable recovery machines. You tear your skin open shaving, skin your knee, cut your finger, and it will cover the hole and then close it up and then grow a custom replacement cover [that blends in so well you can’t even tell where it was] and it does all this without you having to think about it. An amazing self-healing machine. And that’s just a part we can easily observe. Ever wondered how goosebumps happen?
In this great nation illness is just another profit center and nearing 20% of GDP. Big Pharma would much rather doctors tell you to take a pill than to take walk. No one’s going to get rich selling you a movement prescription. But if you fill that one, you just might never have to go back to the doctor again.
Your body is trying to tell you something. Are you listening? Defy gravity. Stand up straight. Align your body so the operations department gets accurate data and keep everything moving. Then listening to your body will be a LOT more fun.