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Moving More Benefits Your Body & Mind

May 09, 2017 Gus Rickard

The human body is truly a marvel of engineering. The elegant, complex mechanisms that make us who we are adapt continually to ensure survival. We have the ability to dream about wondrous creations and the desire to go out and make those dreams come true. 

i4 Tales 2017 Image: Gus Rickard

When we put our efforts into something, our bodies and brains adapt. We get better and improve with practice, and our physical bodies become fine-tuned machines, guided by minds that are agile and innovative.

Chasing your food was a lot of work

In today's bustling business environment, it can be difficult to keep our physical bodies in peak condition. We don't have to hunt for our food in a difficult outdoor setting; we merely stroll into a grocery store. Food no longer requires long, exhausting hunts fraught with peril. 

Most of us do not face physical dangers that require being able to run quickly. Instead, we are adapting to sitting in chairs, lounging on the couch, playing video games or electronic devices, and sipping cocktails. 

Moving more is the secret answer to what ails many of us. Our bodies are amazingly complex and unique machines that are dependent on movement to maintain healthy function, not only physically, but mentally.

How can you increase your movement, and in turn, your health? 

Try these 3 tips to improve your body's functionality:

1. Get up. Don't sit down for too long

A recent study followed people during a 5-year period. The ones who had the greatest success with weight loss were compliant with the guideline to walk at least 10,000 steps per day. 


Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.   
Thomas Jefferson

Even if you can't go for a walk, stand up and sit down at your desk. Take the stairs when you walk into the office. If you take public transportation, get off a stop or two early and walk. If you drive, park at the very back of the parking lot or garage. 

 2. Find something you like

You may start out enthusiastic and gung-ho and ready to run every morning. But then you realize, on the fifth day that you hate running. You despise it. What is the likelihood that you will keep it up?

It's much better to find an activity that you enjoy. Swimming, hiking, roller skating, dancing, yoga, playing a sport, or even playing on a playground are all good for you. You don't need to become a triathlete to have a healthy body, but moving more might just inspire you to want to do more.

If your body isn't a good enough reason to move, think about your brain then. Consider this study that discusses physical and cognitive training, specifically tailored to gait in the elderly. Subjects were asked to complete tasks as they walked, and this dual task training counteracted the age-related decline that inhibits daily living. 

3. Put aside the electronics 

Yes, it's ironic, because you are likely reading this article on a computer, tablet, or phone. Instead of loafing on the couch, staring at the TV or a video game, move around instead. Go outside and feel the sunlight. Look at the birds and play catch with your children. Leave your phone or tablet behind and let your mind unclutter from the distractions of electronics. 

Gus SPOKE AT THE 2017 i4 TALES CONFERENCE

i4 Tales 2017: Gus Rickard

Fighting Sedentarism
The modern world is not well catered for a body that evolved largely on the african savannah. The potential and ease at which lifestyle becomes sedentary has become a plaster cast for a brain and body that is dependant on movement nutrition for health and optimal function. 

Gus will share the tricks that can help our bodies maintain the flexibility and mobility we need to function effectively.

Check out our website and stay tuned for our upcoming event!

About the Event 

Smith, K. J., Gall, S. L., McNaughton, S. A., Cleland, V. J., Otahal, P., Dwyer, T., & Venn, A. J. (2017)
Lifestyle behaviours associated with 5-year weight gain in a prospective cohort of Australian adults aged 26-36 years at baseline. BMC Public Health, 17, 54. http://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-016-3931-y

Falbo, S., Condello, G., Capranica, L., Forte, R., & Pesce, C. (2016)
Effects of Physical-Cognitive Dual Task Training on Executive Function and Gait Performance in Older Adults: A Randomized Controlled Trial. BioMed Research International, 2016, 5812092. http://doi.org/10.1155/2016/5812092

Gus Rickard

Gus Rickard

Gus is a CHEK practitioner and holistic personal trainer, and has been a passionate movement enthusiast since 1999. He has dedicated the last 12 years to rehabilitating injuries of the body and mind, through movement education.

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