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    Movement is Life

    by Ngozi Osuagwu, MD | May 19th, 2024

    Movement is Life

    Whenever a patient complains of joint pain preventing them from moving, I use my mother’s favorite quote: “Movement is life.” If we are not moving, we get stiff, and then we begin to feel those aches and pains. Then, we do not move, and it becomes a vicious cycle.

    May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, a timely reminder for all of us to move. Let us strive to make exercise as natural as brushing our teeth, and remember, it does not have to be confined to a gym. The second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines is a valuable tool, especially for those who are yet to be convinced about the importance of exercise. It provides a clear structure and guidance, making it easier for everyone to incorporate physical activity into their lives.

    Here are the facts:

    1. Adults need at least 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity like brisk walking or fast dancing, each week. And it’s not just about cardio-adults also need muscle-strengthening activity, like lifting weights or doing push-ups at least 2 days each week. Remember, these are guidelines, not rigid rules. You can start small and gradually increase your activity level as you get more comfortable.
    • Although you can work towards the above, we now know that any amount of physical activity, even if it is as little as 5 minutes, has some health benefits—movement is life.
    1. Physical activity can reduce anxiety and blood pressure and improve sleep quality and insulin sensitivity.
    1. Physical activity has long-term benefits, such as preventing certain cancers, reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, lowering the risk of injuries from falls, reducing the risk of postpartum depression, and reducing the risk of excessive weight gain.
    1. Exercise is helpful with disease management, such as decreasing pain with osteoarthritis, reducing disease progression of type 2 diabetes, reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression, and improving cognition for those with dementia, multiple sclerosis, ADHD, and Parkinson’s disease.

    If you already have an exercise routine, keep it up. For those who do not, you can click the Move Your Way resources and the interactive Move Your Way Activity Planner.

    2 Responses to “Movement is Life”

    1. Linda K. Jackson says:

      These loving reminders are soooo appreciated!!!!!!

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