Our bodies are created with a frame containing muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons which are built for movement. Humans have been self propelled since, well since, we have been humans. Before there were cars, trains, planes, and all-day bus passes, our legs transported us just fine. Simply put, it is in our genes, our very nature, to move, walk, run, dance, swim, etc.
With the new age of technology people have become more sedentary and we don't move as much as we use to. As we move less, chronic disease is becoming a more prominent part of society.
Each year there are numerous studies that show that consistent movement, or exercise, increases mind and body health. I have yet to find studies that attribute the same benefits to sitting on the couch (smile).
The Mayo Clinic has documented 7 reasons why exercise is beneficial, (movement is beneficial). It improves mood, manages chronic disease and weight, strengthens your heart and lungs,and promotes a better sleep and sex life. I stress movement and not exercise because I believe that each person needs to find the best activities that get their body moving.
Movement is another foundation of health that I recommend to all of my patients. I use the term movement instead of exercise because the term exercise can intimate some people. Movement on the other hand can mean anyway you enjoy moving your body. It can mean taking a walk around the block, salsa dancing, rock climbing, going to the gym, what ever you like.
I want people to get started moving. Once you are in the flow I do recommend using a combination of movements to support your body's different requirements for movement. It is important to have a combination of cardiovascular exercise, like aerobics or treadmill, and weight bearing exercises, like lifting weight or resistance training as part of your regiment. I consider movement the 2nd pillar of health.
2nd Pillar of Health - Movement
This example comes from my personal experience.
When I first started my practice in my early thirties I was operating out of my home.