Why do we keep banging on about moving and what makes it so important?
Well, first of all it gets the blood flowing. Not just to your muscles and organs, but also, and most importantly, to your brain.
Did you know that 90% of your brain’s energy (food and nutrients) comes from spinal movements? 90%! That’s a huge proportion!
For those of you whose job keeps you ”chained” to a desk, that statistic alone should make you think again about your 6-8 hour stint sitting at your desk, only moving for a cup of coffee/tea and the occasional loo break.
Somehow, I think we might all be so much more productive, have better concentration, and even possibly mood, if we moved more while working, and I’m not just talking about those of you who are desk bound! This applies to all of us, whether we are stuck at a desk or constantly on our feet – change up the movements, get something different working for a change – our brains like change.
This doesn’t mean (although I think it’s an experiment worth trying!) you walk on a treadmill, or cycle your way through your day, but it does mean doing different things throughout the day. What about sitting on a wobble cushion at work, or take the occasional break that involves a BURST of activity?
For example do a few:
– Sit-ups/Abdominal crunches
– Push ups/Moving planks
– Run on the spot/High knees
– Yoga poses/Star jumps
– Walk (do a silly one if you’re keen)
Now, none of these are going to make you into a super model overnight, but they will increase your productivity and potentially your mood too. You may even become be less tempted to reach for the caffeine and sugar, if you keep up a routine of activity during and outside your working hours.
This doesn’t mean run a marathon every day, but it does mean do some meaningful activity at least 4 times a week; daily if possible. In order to be considered active you should be doing 20min of continuous exercise – e.g. run, Yoga, Pilates, cycle, gym class/workout – daily. But you need to do something that gets your heart pumping and feed the brain.
If you’ve ever spent anytime around someone who is keen on activity, or it’s part of their job, you may have heard the phrase Motion is Lotion!
If you haven’t, well welcome into the fold! This phrase, while kind of cheesy is SO TRUE! Motion really is Lotion; it keeps your body working well and your brain well fed and engaged. Ever noticed the buzz you get after a great workout? That’s your body buzzing and full of endorphins – the pleasure chemicals that keep you happy – they’re also the ones activated by eating chocolate, a hug, your favourite food/movie/book/music etc. – anything that makes you feel good.
There are a LOT of drugs out there, both pharmaceutical and, well ‘others’, that target & trigger these chemical reactions/releases. The reasons for this are obvious – if you feel better, and more positive you’re more likely to be more productive and do better at the tasks you set yourself.
So, all in all, it sounds like there’s a genuinely good reason behind constantly “banging on about” moving. Time to stand up now and move – Chiropractor’s orders – Wouldn’t you agree?