It’s difficult to keep moving enough to counteract the more sedentary lives we now have.
The way we live and work has changed dramatically in the past decade. These days we spend a lot less moving and more time sitting down.
In the United Kingdom we sit down more than the average person because we have amazing television and streaming from multiple channels. We’ve also seen a huge rise in car ownership and a decline in public transport.
Many of us don’t even see the changes as we’re so busy but if you really look at it, we just don’t keep moving as much as we used to.
We were always on the go.
My mom tells me about walking a few miles to go and fetch the weekly shop. She not only walked, she dragged a shopping trolley behind her too. She also did her own housework without cordless vacuum’s and super quiet washing machines. Mum’s used to walk their kids to the local school, catch a bus to go to work, cook real fresh ingredients (some grown in their gardens) daily, do the garden, hang out washing and even paint their own homes inside.
Children were told to go out and play back then.
We have elevators and escalators where there used to be stairs. Ordering groceries online instead of walking to the shops. At least one car in every driveway too.
In short, we just don’t use our bodies in the same way we used to.
Unfortunately, we use less energy so we need less food but the lure of processed foods and ready made meals is just too tempting for many. As a nation the United Kingdom is the most obese in Western Europe. Obesity has doubled over the past 20 years. How scary is that?
We need to move more in our daily lives. It’s not rocket science, it’s common sense!
Plan your life differently and keep moving all day.
There are so many little things we can do to keep moving. Try some small changes in your daily routines to help yourself stay fit and healthy.
Walk or cycle to work or the shops twice a week. Fetch your groceries once a week instead of ordering it. Monitor and cut down your online viewing time and go for a walk in nature rather. Take up a new hobby like line dancing for fun with your partner or just dance around the kitchen while preparing a meal.
Whatever you do, keep moving!
That old saying ‘If you don’t use it you’ll lose it.” resonates with those who have lost strength, have a weaker heart, become out of breath or just seem to be prone to illness. Our bodily strength comes through movement that challenges our bodies – stretching, walking, climbing, opening jars, vacuuming.
We need to keep moving our bodies to keep them working.
If you have any other thoughts about how to keep moving or fun ways to keep fit, let us know in the comments so others can share the knowledge.