Disuse Causes Stresses to Your Body
We often think of sedentary lifestyle and risk aversion as inactivity, as “doing nothing.” But your nervous system doesn’t recognize it as inaction. It registers it as a highly specific action which demands adaptation (just like overuse and misuse). Disuse stresses your body, so if you’re sitting behind a desk, on the couch or in the car all day long, you will adapt to that specific stressor. Your nervous system will make it easier to use less effort to repeat the same position for longer. You become “chair-shaped.”
Don’t let this happen to you!
Move it or you lose it. Movement is life. Your nervous system craves complexity. Aging itself involves the loss of complexity, so as you don’t move, or as you take fewer risks, you age more rapidly. If you don’t keep moving in all the infinite ways that you were designed, those neurological pathways will become overgrown with weeds and briars, so when you eventually try to move into that underbrush, it will be slow, awkward, painful and hazardous. I often add things like the Swiss Ball into my movement practice – Just to add some unpredictability and complexity to my martial arts training.
Try it – you will quickly see the benefits!