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  • Writer's pictureDr. Ryan Haskins

Movement is Medicine

“Movement is medicine." This is a simple but profound phrase that should be taken to heart and lived out. The problem is that society is moving further and further away from this undeniable truth. Around the world, we’re facing a terrifying, yet avoidable epidemic. The cause? We’re becoming far too sedentary. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), within the next decade, 500 million people will develop heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other non-communicable diseases as a result of physical inactivity. Treatment and management of these wholly preventable diseases will lead to an estimated cost of nearly 30 billion US dollars annually.

For a problem so vast in its impact, the solution is actually quite simple: we have to move more. According to the CDC, the minimum recommended level is 150 minutes of moderate-intensity (i.e. brisk walking, biking on level ground, push-mowing the lawn) physical activity and at least 2 days of muscle strengthening activity per week. That’s only 30 minutes, 5 days a week. The preferred recommendation is 150 minutes of moderate-intensity and 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity (i.e. running/jogging, biking on hills, swimming laps, high intensity interval training) activity per week.

A shocking fact? Only 24.2% of Americans meet the minimum recommendations previously listed. Skip just one episode per day from your favorite show to binge watch and get moving! Go for a walk or hike, ride a bike, swim, dance, lift weights, take a pilates or yoga class; the opportunities are endless.

The benefits of exercise and regular movement practice are numerous: reduces all-cause mortality, prevents and helps to manage non-communicable and chronic diseases, enhances mental clarity and function, reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety, and improves overall well-being.

At Physical Dimensions Integrative Health Group, we pride ourselves on treating the individual as a whole. Our multitude of healthcare professionals are here to treat, empower, and give you the encouragement you need to not only move but to do so optimally. We’re excited to walk alongside you in your health and wellness journey and will give you our all in helping to provide the quality of life you deserve.

Dr. Ryan Haskins is a physical therapist at Physical Dimensions.


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