The human body, or the body of any animal really, is a biological system, not a machine. In order to keep a machine, a car for example, in mint condition, you have to tune it up every once in a while, change the oil, start it up once a week, and if you don’t want it scratched, rusty, or dented, keep it in the garage. The human body is just the opposite. We’ve all heard the saying “if you don’t use it, you lose it.” Your body has infinite ways to keep itself working, moving and improving, but if you don’t use these systems, they can’t function the way they’re supposed to. -
Movement is the best way to keep the neuromusculoskeletal system in prime working fashion. When our body is stuck in a position for an extended amount of time it will start to lay down tissue and basically grow itself together. An indication of this is when you wake up in the morning and you’re feeling stiff, but once you get up and move your body loosens up and it reverses this process. -
This doesn’t mean just going to fitness classes, yoga classes, and being a gym rat. What it does mean is that you need to go out and move your body in new and interesting ways every day. Go play with your kids, have a tug of war with your dog, get on the floor and roll around with your cat, go for a swim, hike, take a gymnastics class or a dance class. The list goes on, but don’t just settle for the gym. You have the entire world out there as your gym, the variability of the open environment that is the outside. The body, and the fascial system that encompasses our body, is more honed into variability, not repetition. Your body is meant to move and work, don’t take it for granted!