For this post, I’m going to use a car as an analogy for the body. I know this is a simple analogy, and most readers will find it to be something that they already know or understand. However, it’s helpful to step back and really consider this concept.
Rather than sitting all day, and then thinking you have to go to the gym for an hour so that you can finally move your body, even though you don’t want to go to the gym because you’re tired and it’s the end of your workday, you can use a total increase in daily body movement to negate the need for the gym at all.
If we find ourselves experiencing chronic diseases, or feeling bad all the time, there’s a good chance that our body is lacking the information it needs to function well—or it’s receiving the wrong information, which is directly causing harm. No one should believe that chronic diseases are just inevitable and that we are helpless victims of them. We have a say in how our bodies perform, but we must treat our bodies in accordance with this design.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND MOVEMENT PART 9
This week we’re going to discuss the first primary principle of an effective movement program for sustained physical health. When I’m consulting with patients in my office, the vast majority of middle-aged individuals already exhibit forward neck lean and have rounded shoulders. Generally, they already have neck pain and headaches. This is often due to abnormal posture. They also typically have tight hips, a tight posterior chain—meaning the muscles that go all the way down their back to the base of their feet—and poor overall core strength.
Most people who decide it’s time for weight loss follow a standard protocol. It’s the one we’ve all been taught to do. Sign up for a training program or join a gym, and go on a specific diet. Now, I’m not saying this is bad. The before-and-after testimonials, and the 6-week and 90-day pictures will give evidence to the fact that these programs can work. If you go from being sedentary and having a very sloppy diet, and you begin to eat a nutritious diet, reduce overeating behavior, and become physically active, you’ll become physically healthier, and you’ll lose weight.
Do you often feel completely full after a meal, to the point of discomfort, and then actually find yourself looking in the fridge a couple hours later? Pay attention to this and then become intuitive about your eating. In this post, I provide you with 9 strategies to help you eat smarter and healthier.
I’m going to go ahead and outline the general approach to physical activity that supports a long, healthy lifespan. I want to make sure you know what we’re covering, and give you some actionable steps. I do believe this preliminary material I’m providing you is foundational to developing a proper movement habit, but I want you to be able to go ahead and get started.
The reward system in our brain is meant to promote our survival. It works off of a neurotransmitter called dopamine. This neurotransmitter is associated with motivation and desire. In addition, when the reward system triggers, we get a bit of adrenaline, which creates a small rush, a feeling of stress, perhaps positive stress.
We discussed the characteristics of foods that trigger the reward system and override our control of eating. It’s important to note these foods also allow for a disruption in the hormonal processes that would control our eating. These types of foods appear to interfere with leptin doing its job of regulating our energy balance. They also may contribute to chronic inflammation in our brain which impacts our mental function and can create resistance to the leptin we secrete to naturally regulate our body weight.
This is my new series on the many benefits of physical movement. Our bodies and minds are designed for activity. Just think about how we’re made: muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, connective tissues, extremities. It’s clear that the physical use of our bodies is integral to the design of our body.