Defend Your Health Through Movement
By Western Berks Physical Therapy on May 10th, 2021
While COVID-19 is front and center in most people’s thoughts, it isn’t the only illness out there that can be life changing. Heart disease, diabetes, strokes and cancer can all be devastating too. To become more resilient and to defend your health, research says you should move more.
The dangers of a sedentary lifestyle are well known. High amounts of sedentary time has even been called the new smoking. Unfortunately for many of us, sitting and being inactive is part of our jobs. But there is hope! Research has shown that getting in enough movement can counteract the negative effects of being sedentary.
A large study done in the U.K. found no association between the amount of time people spent sedentary and their chances of illness. Digging deeper into this, the authors felt their findings were likely “attributable to a protective effect of the high volumes of daily walking.” The study was conducted in London, where people tend to spend much more time walking or standing than average. The people in the study had daily walking times that were over double the average amount reported in the U.K.
While walking was the activity in this particular study, other research has shown that all kinds of movement can help protect your health. If you’re looking to get those protective benefits for yourself you could choose to walk, bike, lift weights, dance or garden.
If you’re not moving as much or as well as you’d like, call Western Berks Physical Therapy today at 610-589-2263 or request an appointment below. Physical therapists are the most qualified professionals to help you move better and allow you to stay healthy and enjoy life.