My son (aged 7) recently said “I feel sleepy but its only 4 o’clock” to which I responded, then lets go for a walk. Now most of us know that children don’t normally suffer from lack of movement, in fact often it is difficult for them to sit still or at least that used to be the case. As we know all too well children as young as 15 are developing diabetes based on poor nutrition and lack of activity aka movement. None or very little movement is far more common in those over the age of 55.
After our walk/run (he cannot help but run) my son felt alert and not sleepy at all. The solution was simple but easily avoided, the sofa is a very comfortable and attractive alternative.
Three scientific studies appeared this year, trumpeting the “power of movement,” as the New York Times “Well” newsletter put it, in combating death, depression, and disease, respectively.
In a study of approximately 3000 50-79 year olds, researchers found that those with the highest level of total activity had one-fifth the risk of death as those with the lowest. They also found that replacing thirty minutes of sedentary activity with either moderate-to-vigorous or light activity resulted in a “significant reduction in mortality risk.” The participants in the study had been equipped with ultra-sensitive accelerometers for seven days and then followed for eight years as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in the US.
More movement equals less death.
In a study of 38 healthy volunteers, the researchers observed on a stationary bike (ensuring to work to 85% of predicted Max heart rate) altered the participants level of two crucial neurotransmitters, GABA and glutamate. Absence or depleted levels of glutamate and GABA is a connection to depressive disorder and exercise directly impacts the two production and release of the neurotransmitters.
Movement equals less depression
All recent research points towards a resounding message. GET UP AND MOVE! What is still unclear to many is the specific guidelines as to how much and how often however the generic minimum should be 5x a week and for a minimum of 30 minutes per day. If you find this is very difficult for you then you must establish why that is? Consult a health professional that is experienced with exercise and nutrition instead of perhaps a medical doctor.
Let’s face it, sedentary life is addictive!
We rarely say it but most of us love to sit, watch and relax…… We retrain our sensory system to enjoy and gain pleasure from certain experiences to become hooked or addicted (think Netflix). The desire to move and exercise or put oneself out of comfort is not at all appealing at first and this can be very dangerous. It turns out the importance of moving increases with age (not decreases as some protest).
Why not try something new?
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