Written by Darren Scherbain
Overwhelming scientific evidence confirms that changes to your body can influence reactions in your brain.
During this extremely difficult and stressful time, one of the most effective strategies for controlling stress begins with altering your physical behavior.
Raw Movement, especially in nature, to help you remain calm.
One of the reminders that keeps me connected to the bigger picture is to reconnect with Nature.
It can be challenging to rediscover the simplicity of walking on grass.
To rediscover life’s simple joys.
Often, it can feel impossible to rediscover these simple joys when you feel that you are in over your head.
That stress you are feeling is very real and can be overloading your allostatic load.
The allostatic load is the wear and tear on the body which can overload an individual who is exposed to repeated acute and chronic stress.
By adding more stress, you may experience endocrine and neuronal responses to this stress.
This stress response manifests both mentally and physically. Take, for example, the fact that many workplaces are currently closed, and people are spending more time working from home, prone to sitting for long periods of time in front of their computer.
How can you rediscover the simple joys when you are constantly suffering from prolonged and excessive sitting?
The Stress of Excessive Sitting
Sitting IS the new smoking and an independent health risk for two reasons:
Sitting and physical activity exhibit poor correlation, and
Because simply increasing physical activity while helpful, does not contribute to all mechanisms underlying the health risks of sitting.
During sitting, muscular passivity increases insulin resistance and influences the transport and oxidation of fatty acids in muscular tissue, and acute exercise is not enough to restore all changes.
Accordingly, adequate everyday physical activity seems to be important for maintaining the signaling pathways affecting insulin sensitivity. (1)
There is irrefutable evidence on the effectiveness of regular physical activity in the primary and secondary prevention of several chronic diseases (e.g. cardiovascular disease, hypertension, obesity, depression, and osteoporosis) and premature death. (2)
One of the health implications of excessive and prolonged sitting is decreased mobility in your hips and increased compression force on the lumbar region of the spine.
The solution is to add more movement into your day.
Walking on the grass, for example, is one such a seemingly simple solution.
If you are suffering from lower back pain these simple solutions can feel like a mountain to climb.
A question I asked all doctors at the recent H.E.A.T Reversal of Chronic Diseases International Workshop was, “How do you fill a bucket of water?”
One drop at a time.
If you are suffering from lower back pain these simple solutions can feel like you have to carry that bucket of water up a mountain.
In this below video, you’ll find an effective mobility series that you can do right now to add more movement to your busy and stressful day.
These are just a few simple little steps to help everyone better manage stress, anxiety, and fear during this difficult time.
Hasn't your experience confirmed that a good mood can miraculously transform a mountain into a molehill?
Darren is a movement and confidence specialist. He graduated with a degree in exercise physiology from the University of Winnipeg and has led some amazing experiences, including being a multiple Ironman finisher, lifestyle media commentator, and respected TedX Alumni presenter.
1) Why is excessive sitting a Health Risk
2) The Health Benefits of Physical Activity:The Evidence