Move It Or Lose It?? Yes, It's True!
There's a saying I'm sure everyone has heard before, "Move it or lose it!" This is usually said when someone wants someone else to get out of their way for whatever reason but when it comes to your health it is a true statement.
Our bodies crave movement. When we sit or lay still for long periods of time there are actual physical adhesions that form between our muscles and joints that often eventually turn in to what we feel as "knots". When we go too long without putting our joints and muscles through their full range of motion scar tissue can start to form around those joints. This can actually start to take place within 7 days! So if you aren't an "active" person, it's time to start, otherwise when it comes to "move it or lose it" you WILL lose it.
When it comes to health, our bodies peak at around age 25 in terms of the amount of muscle and bone density. This is when we can potentially be the strongest and healthiest if we do everything else right. It's the time when you hear about an athlete being in their "prime". The physical differences will start to be seen soon after age 25 between those who are active and those who are sedentary. Those who maintain a healthy lifestyle can keep this "peak" body composition for another decade or so until around their mid 30's but then age will eventually start to take it's toll on everyone. This change will come MUCH more slowly for those who are active but it will also come MUCH more quickly for those who aren't.
You've seen 80 or 90 years olds who are still out running marathons and you've seen 70 year olds who are in nursing homes. Genetics plays a small role but for the most part how you are in old age will be a direct reflection of the choices you make as a 20, 30 or 40 year old.
Chiropractic care can help play a role in all of this because adjustments help break through these adhesions that impair our nervous system and cause pain. It's hard to want to be active if you are in pain all the time. Seek out a good chiropractor, start slowly with some easy exercises or better yet work with personal trainer, try out some massage therapy and just do your best to eat mostly well without cutting things out cold-turkey because that's not sustainable and you'll be well on your way to living longer and better. It doesn't have to be complicated but if you don't start then you'll be on a path that you don't want to go down.
Call 612-655-3073 or email me if you have any chiropractic or health questions! If you live or work near Hopkins, MN and want to see what chiropractic care can do for you requesting an appointment online is easy to do. Hope this helps on your journey to be the best you can be!