Why We Need to Move It
Have you ever thought how bizarre it is that 100 years ago, no one had to be reminded to move? In fact, 100 years ago the topic of regular exercise didn’t even exist. Most of us can name several reasons why that probably was.
They got physical. Most Americans worked jobs that required physical labor. Not just occasionally, but ALL day.
Cars. Most people didn’t have them. Which meant that they walked or rode bikes to pretty much everywhere they needed to go.
School buses. Nope. Kids walked to school. Maybe not up hill both ways, but they did walk.
Food. It wasn’t fast, it wasn’t pumped with sugar, and it wasn’t everywhere all the time.
Step into 2018 and most of us find ourselves sitting at a desk for 40-60 hours a week. We eat fast food that is over-processed, limitlessly available, and consumed on the fly rather than around the dinner table.
When is the last time you walked to the grocery store? Or to pick your kids up from school? Or to visit a friend? Our bet is that it’s been too long to remember.
No wonder obesity is now a national epidemic and lifestyle related chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease are at rates never seen before. Our everyday routines have become sedentary and our diets have become gluttonous.
So, what do we do? Some employers have taken initiatives like installing treadmill desks, Tabata breaks, or overall wellness programs that target positive lifestyle changes. While we applaud employers who are taking notice of their employee’s health, we are here to tell you that your employer’s wellness program is not enough to get you healthy.
This is our challenge to you: Take responsibility for your health and for your family’s health.
Find ways to work 30-45 minutes of exercise into your routine 4-5 days a week (Light activity should take place daily).
Plan out meals that are full of fresh ingredients.
Limit your intake of fast food.
Take breaks at work to stretch and walk around your office. It is important to get your blood circulating for a few minutes each hour.
If you need help implementing healthy changes into your daily life, we suggest you check out our recent article on Creating Goals. Then we encourage you to find a health and fitness professional such as Apex Wellness to stand by you during your journey.
Ultimately, we need to take responsibility for ourselves. Exercise and healthy diets need to become the new normal to reverse the damage that has been done by our culture of sitting and food we find ourselves in today.
No one is going to do it for you.