Why do we need to move?

The human body has over 600 awe-inspiring muscles – we’re clearly designed to move¹⁺². But it can be a challenge to remember to move regularly³. The average person sits for 9 hours a day⁴.

Did you know?

87% of people suffer from joint pain⁸.
Yet, only 18% of pain sufferers think of using movement to manage their pain⁹.

  • I’m quite an active person and I exercise, so I’m not at risk.

    While you may be active, you may also spend more time sitting than you realise. Long periods of sitting at work and at home can put you at risk⁷.

    Research has shown how often you move is just as important as exercising regularly⁸.

  • I must do 2 hours of exercise weekly to get the benefits.

    Even if you don’t reach the target, it all helps⁵. Aim to do short bursts of activity over the week that add up to at least 45 minutes instead, and then build up from there⁵⁺⁹.

  • I work in an office and take a break every couple of hours; that’s enough.

    It’s a start but aim higher. Try to fit a break in every 30 minutes to reduce the risks of sitting³.

  • I’ve got osteoarthritis, so I can’t do the recommended exercise.

    If you do more physical activity each day, you can actually help keep your joints moving even if you can’t increase the intensity⁸.

  • Exercise causes injuries.

    There’s evidence that physical activity has very low risks for most people, while the risk of poor health from inactivity is very high⁵. You don’t need to push yourself to the limits. Regular, gentle movements like walking or stretching can all help. If you are in pain, our products are there to help you get moving again.

    If you are concerned about your pain please make sure to talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

  • I can’t afford to exercise – the gym fee is too expensive.

    You can build activity into your life without needing to join a pricey gym. Carrying shopping or your kids on your shoulders, climbing the stairs instead of using the lift, and walking all count and cost absolutely nothing¹⁰.

  • I’m too old to worry about exercise.

    It’s just as important to exercise later in life as it will help you keep your independence and keep your mind sharp. If you experience joint problems, such as osteoarthritis, it could help to relieve the pain¹⁰.

  • I suffer from joint pain so shouldn’t move.

    Pain can become a vicious cycle of stopping you moving, and lack of movement can cause more pain. But movement can help you strengthen your muscles and reduce pain.

  • I don’t have time to exercise.

    You don’t need extensive exercise sessions. Even a little movement can make a big difference, try to work movement into your daily routine wherever you can. Take the stairs instead of the lift, stretch to hang out your washing, dance while you dust. It can all help.
     

Make movement a habit

Moving regularly is a habit, and forming a new habit isn’t easy. Behavioural scientist Dr B.J Fogg of Stanford University suggests that there are three key components to making it work for you: triggers, ability and motivation⁷.

Triggers: Anything could be your trigger to move, every time you look at your watch, whenever you finish a task or at the end of an episode when you’re watching TV. Think about the times you find yourself sitting for long periods and come up with a trigger to help you break it up.

Ability: Secondly, you must have the ability to do the new habit, in this case you need to be able to move for 2 minutes. It might sound easy for some, but if you’re in pain it can become a challenge. Our product range is here to help you get moving again.

Motivation: Finally, you need the motivation to keep doing it. No matter who we are, we all struggle to find the right motivation to get moving. So when it’s time to move, try listening to some motivational music.

References

¹ Muscles. Victoria State Government. https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/ConditionsAndTreatments/muscles, accessed 14 May 2019
² Physical Activity, it's important. Victoria State Government. https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/HealthyLiving/physical-activity-its-important
³ Raichlen Da Et Al. Physical activity patterns and biomarkers of cardiovascular disease risk in hunter‐gatherers. Am J Hum Biol 2017; 29(2) https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ajhb.22919. doi: 10.1002/ajhb.22919.
⁴ Diaz Km Et Al. Patterns of sedentary behaviour in us middle-age and older adults: The regards study. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2016; 48(3):430-8.
https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/c144/ecd754e7a3fd327792225997c0fbe49dd6fa.pdf. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000792.
⁵ Opportunities to Build Physical Activity into your Day. NSW Government. https://www.activeandhealthy.nsw.gov.au/staying-active/opportunities-to-build-physical-activity-into-your-day/
⁶ Start active, stay active. Department of Health. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data
/file/216370/dh_128210.pdf, accessed 12 April 2018
⁷ The dangers of sitting: why sitting is the new smoking. Victoria State Government. https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/the-dangers-of-sitting
⁸ BJ Fogg’s Behaviour Model http://www.behaviormodel.org/
⁹ Global pain index 2018 (p11, 2018 GPI)
¹⁰ Myths about physical activity. World Health Organization (Who). www.who.int/dietphysicalactivity/factsheet_myths/en/, accessed 12 April 2018

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