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Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- Your body was designed to move. There are more than 200 bones, 600 muscles, tons of joints, ligaments and tendons all lubricated with fluid designed to help you move. In ancient times and even in recent modern times our forefathers and mothers moved all the time! Their work was comprised of movement. Their home life, chores and activities required labor and movement. Unfortunately today, we live in a society and a culture where we have innovated ourselves into sedentary lifestyles. Think of how much your grandmother or great-grandmother would have had to go through just to get dinner on the table: fetching and boiling water, getting wood for the wood-burning stove, preparing the food, etc. There was a lot of movement involved there! Some of you may have come from farming families or backgrounds where movement and activity was present from dawn until dusk! Now we have electric stoves and microwaves and instant everything. Many of us have desk jobs that require us to sit in an office or a cubicle for 7-10 hours a day. Research has shown that a sedentary lifestyle is detrimental to our overall health. Dr. Jonathan Myers, PhD, says in the July 2003 issue of Prevention magazine, “Regardless of any other risk factors you may have, if you’re physically fit, you can cut your risk of premature death in half”. The point here is that we have got to get moving. 

Now I know most you are active duty Airmen where fitness is a part of the job. However, it’s still difficult to find and make time to fit exercise into our schedules. Some weeks it just doesn’t happen. For those of us where that is the reality, we must find time to fit activity into our schedules. Not just for the Air Force’s sake, but for the sake of our mental, emotional and physical well-being. For those of us stuck at desks or cubicles during the day, those contraptions that elevate your computers are a valuable tool to get us standing and keeping the blood flowing. Take breaks during the day and take a quick walk around the office. If we find ways to keep moving, chances are we’ll be moving for years to come.