Vitality

How ‘Movement Movement’ Is Better Than Regular Exercise

The rise of high speed internet and connected devices comes with lower interest of people in physical activity. Online engagement contributes to a sedentary lifestyle, which has been linked to a number of health problems. 

The corporate life also adds to the problems. To date, sedentary jobs in the U.S. are 83 percent higher than records in 1950, while physically active jobs cover only less than 20 percent, Quartz reported Thursday.

Sitting either at home or in the office for more than eight hours a day without exercise increases the risk of death at levels similar to obesity and smoking. As sedentary lifestyle is considered a major problem and there are no signs that the tech industry would stop offering new tools for human comfort, health experts have been encouraging people to stay physically active. 

Studies suggested that at least 30 minutes of exercise a day every week could promote better health. But many people face challenges to budget time for extra activities due to responsibilities at home and work. 

But going to the gym is not the only option to stay active. Try the “movement movement” approach. 

Unlike the traditional exercise that encourages people to be fully active, this approach focuses on little movements or activities. 

It does not require high-intensity exercise. Simply, you don’t have to run kilometers as you could enjoy a long walk to the bus station. Walking is a simple activity that could help improve heart and lung conditions and reduce the risk of having a heart disease or a stroke.

“With exercise, we seem to only value long-duration, big, intense,” Katy Bowman, a biomechanist, told Quartz. “We no longer see the value in small, slow, accumulating.”

In addition, some studies suggested that exercising for a certain time have little effect to eliminate the harmful effects of sitting for hours. Researchers said people should stay active or keep moving throughout the day for good physiological health. 

Simple indoor activities could also help improve health. Cleaning the kitchen or the bathroom, walking up and down the stairs, playing with your children, mopping the floor and going out for a walk with your dog, if done regularly, could reduce the risk of having some health problems. 

One study showed that making small movements in the beginning of the day could lower the risk of early death by 35 percent.

walking Walking is a simple activity that could help improve heart and lung conditions and reduce the risk of having a heart disease or a stroke. Pixabay

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