Is Sitting Still Making Us Sick?

Human movement is crucial to wellness and may boost the immune system, according to recent studies.  

According to results recently released by Health.gov.au 150 mins of moderate movement a day provides considerable health benefits, including reduced risk of CVD, type 2 diabetes, psychosocial and musculoskeletal problems.

Faye Kendall of Geelong based clinic Holistic Osteopathy says “Human movement is a fundamental component of a healthy lifestyle regime. Dedicated time should be given to make sure we are moving functionally, and include movement as a part of our routine. The modern desk based workforce, our seated classrooms and the influence of electronic equipment have reduced movement in so many ways over the years. Movement is crucial, not just for the obvious things like weight gain, but for our immune system as well. The body is a system!”

 

She’s not the only one. According to recent studies by Harvard University “The immune system is precisely that — a system, not a single entity. To function well, it requires balance and harmony. Movement promotes good circulation, which allows the cells and substances of the immune system to move through the body freely and do their job efficiently. Some scientists are trying to take the next step to determine whether exercise directly affects a person’s susceptibility to infection.”

 

Faye says “it is incredibly important to make sure you have balance in your day to day life, in all facets but particularly human movement. People ask us all the time, how can I maintain health or help my aches and pains?  For example, how the body copes with stress and friction, illness or increased function can be impacted by how we move and our physical response mechanisms. Muscle, tissue, tendon, bone- are all connected, and all systemically impact each other. Like a car or any other machine, the parts need to be working in cohesion with each other to avoid breakage, inflammation and to maintain longevity. Minimising sedentary behavior and breaking up long periods of sitting can assist in this.”

 

For more information about these studies or Osteopathy contact Holistic Osteopathy.

 

About Faye:

Faye Kendall is passionate about wellbeing and health.  Her lifetime studies encompass the ideology of a whole body approach to healthcare. The dedicated Osteopath’s focus is on restorative practices and the understanding that good health is the result of balance and alignment of the body’s systems.  Her extensive training in Australia, Europe and the USA in the fields of Biodynamic Cranial Osteopathy, and Biodynamic Cranial Osteopathy for children has helped forge a career that is dynamic and growth-centric. Faye is a talented motivator, keynote speaker, and promoter of wellness.

 

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