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Why should I keep moving?

by Dr. Kim Selir on 05/15/2015

Category: Movement

Why should I keep moving? Current research reveals movement is an essential nutrient for our human genes. As we discussed last week, lack of proper spinal and joint movement leads to the adaptive stress response (being "Chased by a Tiger"). Sitting and a sedentary lifestyle is also lack of movement (leading to the adaptive stress response), hence the new slogan "sitting is the new smoking".

Physical inactivity is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States and contributes to the 2nd leading cause of death, obesity, accounting for at least 1 in 10 deaths.

Benefits of 30 minutes of movement includes:

  • preventing up to 90% of cases of Type 2 diabetes and obesity
  • preventing up to 50% of all causes of heart disease
  • restore/maintain normal cholesterol/triglyceride levels
  • decrease pancreatic cancer in smokers by up to 72%
  • decrease depression by 20%
  • increase seratonin levels (feel good "hormone")
  • decrease stress and body breakdown hormones
  • enhance learning capacity by up to 12 times
  • decrease breast cancer by up to 60%
  • prevent osteoporosis
  • increase new bone formation
  • increase growth and healing hormones
  • prevent up to 62% of Alzheimers and 52% Dementia
  • decrease chances of ever being in a nursing home
  • decrease congestive heart disease death by 63%
  • decrease rate of aging
  • increase strength, flexibility and balance


In simple terms, movement calms the "Chasing Tiger"/Adaptive stress response.

Decide today what movement you would like to add. Adding steps of walking (parking farther from the entrance at a store), hiking, dancing, swimming, light aerobic classes or even chair dancing.

If pain limits you, find out what the cause is and improve function as best as possible. If 30 minutes seems too much for where you are at in your healing process or  wellness journey, start with 5 minutes and slowly increase over time. The key is adding whatever amount of movement you are capable of and being consistent daily. Your ability to enjoy what you value in life and your life depends on movement.

What movement will you add today?

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