Top 10 reasons strong is the new skinny, Part 4:
Over the last 30 years the amount of daily activity adults get has significantly reduced, much of our employment now means working at a desk 😬
Gone are the days when we built ships, farmed the land and did physical GRAFT for a living.
With much of the U.K now working in service based industries, we are now expending less and less energy in our daily lives. Few of us shop in the High Street, going between shops looking for the best deals. I remember the days of spending all day, with my parents in town searching for the best way to spend money. Society is engineered to take the physical element out of our lives completely. Now everything can be done at the touch of a button, with vast amounts of choice. In short we are conditioned to be lazy.
Check out this list of apps for lazy people, INCREDIBLE!💁https://www.greenbot.com/article/3104195/android/the-list-10-apps-for-ridiculously-lazy-people.html
-Soon there will be an app to wipe your butt, after using the loo! 😹
On a serious note..........
The NHS guidance suggests that to stay healthy, adults aged 19-64 should try to be active daily and should get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or brisk walking every week, with additional strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles: legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms (moderate exercise is completed at an intensity where you struggle to hold a conversation and exercise).
So what's the beef?
“Humans now have a choice not
to be physically active. Conclusive and overwhelming scientific evidence,
largely ignored and prioritized as low, exists for physical inactivity as a
primary and actual cause of most chronic diseases.” –National Centre for
Further reading can be found
here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4241367/Overweight and obesity are the fifth leading risk for global deaths.
Being overweight is the fifth leading risk for global deaths meaning that, 2.8 million adults die each year as a result of being overweight or obese. Statistics show that being overweight is also attributable to:
44% of the diabetes burden
23% of the ischaemic heart disease burden
7% to 41% of certain cancer burdens
Take home: Being strong, fit and healthy, is not about vanity, insta selfies or even self acceptance. It's about doing everything you can to prolong a healthy and happy life. Of course, nobody can say that by being "healthy" you won't be struck by disease or illness, but I sure know that anything which can help deter disease is important for both myself and my clients.
Thanks for reading,
Andy Payne is a Personal Trainer, based near Brighton in East Sussex, and founder of Three Pillars of Fitness, Exercise : Diet : Mind. You can follow him on Facebook and twitter
If you have any questions or would like to talk to me about how you can improve your own, diet and lifestyle without depravation and increase strength, then why not get in touch? Call me on 01273 258212