Exercise To Feel Good!

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The secret to health and longevity –
and feeling good – exercise!

How many hours are you spending in front of a device? Do you do small things to keep your body functional throughout the day? Or by the end of the day not only are you exhausted from a day’s work but functionally debilitated? Over the past 20 years we have seen lots of soft tissue complaints in our office and most of them could have been mitigated by doing daily exercises or stretches. We are launching a series of “how to” exercises or stretches we have found as Clinical Pearls for Patient Functional Success. Check out our new exercise page HERE!

Exercise: Why You Need It

Does this sound like you: “I do not have time to exercise,“ or “I really do not like exercising.” Diving deeper into why you do not like to exercise or why you do not make time for it allows us to discover that special sauce just for you to make exercise a part of your life. We first and foremost want you to understand the new research on why exercise is so critical to your Longevity. When it comes to physical activity, something is better than nothing, so if you only have 10 minutes or even 5 minutes that is better than being complete sedentary for the day. Research shows that short bouts of exercise are better for your overall sustained health. Now, it becomes even more convincing to exercise daily for short burst of time. It is a true game changer to your overall wellness and living long.

We know the human spine was not designed to sit for 8 + hours a day and yet here we are in the present-day technology laden world of sitting for longer and longer than our spines can sustain. Have you ever gotten up after sitting for a prolonged period and felt stiff? According to a study out of the UK, which focused on identifying long-term sitting affects, there is clear reduced mid-back spinal mobility in individuals who spend over 7 hours/day sitting and less than 150 min/week of physical activity. Lack of mobility in any segment of your spine is the early stages of dysfunction and can lead to pain.

Sitting can also lead to negative effects on the heart, according to the American Heart Association. The current global obesity pandemic is partially the result of a lack of physical activity combined with a sedentary (sitting) lifestyle. This behavior is linked to an increased risk of developing metabolic diseases including type 2 diabetes (T2D). Earlier research has found that short breaks of movement throughout the day are associated with an improved cardiometabolic profile. A new study finds that afternoon or evening physical activity is even associated with reduced insulin resistance (an ability to stabilize blood sugar levels).

From the most recent research study out of Columbia University, 5 minutes of movement alone for every 30 minutes of sitting can stabilize blood sugar levels up to 60 percent.

Regardless, we find people have a hard time programming in those 5 minutes of movement for every 30 minutes due to work demands. It is easy to sit for long periods and lose track of time. Use technology to your health advantage…use that timer on your phone if you can; you can even program your apple phone or watch if you have one to tell you when to stand. Bottom line, movement is your friend in keeping you functional and living long. Now let’s get moving!

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