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 all be devastating too.
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 the 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 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.
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 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 helping you recover from
an injury, your PT is the right person to look to for help.