Are you familiar with the term “use it or lose it?” It’s the theory that if you don’t use an ability you possess (like playing the piano or speaking a foreign language), you will eventually lose that ability. Now, replace the word “use” with “move” — as in, “move it or lose it.” Why? Because our bodies were designed to move, and leading a sedentary lifestyle can wreak havoc on many of our bodily functions.
“Simply put, our entire foundation is based on movement,” says Ilya Fishman, an ACE-certified personal trainer who specializes in Muscle Activation Techniques. “Imagine leaving your car sit in the garage for a year — parts rust, the battery dies, and cables become dusty and worn out. If your body remains inactive for too long, your muscles atrophy and don’t function as well, your bones lose density and become more brittle, your brain function deteriorates because it lacks the daily stimulus, and your digestive system is all thrown off because motion helps to facilitate digestive function. Our entire system is built on having to move to stimulate all of our vital functions.”