Proof that the Human Body was Made to Move

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"Sitting will kill you"--this is a CNN headline that caught my eye a few days ago. In fact, many recent research studies have revealed that being sedentary and sitting too much will shorten one's lifespan, diminish quality of life and contribute to the development of chronic diseases.

How is it possible that, with the knowledge and technology available today, we have managed to adapt such sedentary, self-destructive behaviors? Slowly, but surely, we have arrived at a daily routine that involves hardly ANY physical activity, intentional or non-intentional. We are now reaping the consequences of not moving our bodies. This should give us a clue, namely, that our bodies were made to MOVE--not to be sedentary.

The human body is an amazing and fascinating organism, which works BEST when it's active. It is vital that health and fitness professionals fully comprehend this significance to be able to communicate its importance to clients. Understanding the value of one's own human parts and mechanisms will contribute to a greater appreciation of one's entire system, hopefully creating a desire to take care of it more intentionally.

Here are some amazing facts about the human body:

  • There are an estimated 37.2 trillion cells in the body (at maturity)
  • On average, adult bodies contain 5.5 liters of blood and about 10 liters of interstitial fluid
  • Adults are made up of approximately 7 octillion atoms
  • The human heart beats around 100,000 times per day
  • The human lungs have a surface of around 70 square meters
  • On average, adults blink 10 times per minute
  • It takes the human body about 12 hours to digest food

I often ask my clients and students, "Don't you wish you had a zipper going down the front of your body, so you could open it and see what's going on at all times?" The answers vary, but if you imagined the same thing and "unzipped" yourself, you would find out one key thing about your body: It is ALWAYS in motion! There is constant movement within our bodies.

Benefits of Physical Activity

Examining the immediate and long-term benefits of physical activity provides clear evidence that the human body is made to move. Examples of powerful benefits of movement include:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Better regulation of blood sugar
  • Lower resting heart rate
  • Better control of body fat
  • Improved immune function
  • Increased muscular strength and endurance
  • Improved cardiorespiratory functioning
  • Increased flexibility
  • Better join health
  • Improved mental functioning
  • Higher quality of sleep

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Fitnovatives Blog — Courtesy “American Council On Exercise” (ACEfitness.org)

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