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MOVEMENT MATTERS: Move more to stay healthy

Updated: Mar 25, 2022

Covid has certainly made the importance of health very clear and 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 thing out there that can change your life. Heart disease, diabetes, strokes, and cancer can be devastating too. Movement matters.


MOVEMENT OFFERS A DEFENSE


If you're looking to be more resilient and defend against these things, physical activity can do it. The dangers of being sedentary are well known and documented in research. 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. However, research has shown that getting in enough movement can counteract the negative effects of being sedentary.


A large study done in the UK found no association between the amount of time, people were 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 UK.


PHYSICAL THERAPISTS ARE 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 your 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 help you recover from an injury, your PT is the right person to look to for help.

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