Movement – why is it needed??

Movement is the execution of conducting the limbs from pt. A to pt. B. The succedent actions are facilitated by muscular activity. The human body is designed for movement. Well, let me backtrack . . . all bodies on the terrestrial plane are designed for movement. Humans are slowly circumventing the need for movement. The consequences of neglecting movement and activity can be grave. Minimization of core activation, reduced lung utilization, slowed metabolism are just a few of the areas the lack of movement can affect.

Movement is defined as an act of changing physical location or position or of having this changed. The scientific study of human or non-human body movement is what kinesiology entails. The dynamic principles and mechanisms of movement are expressed on physiological, biomechanical, and psychological levels. Thus, movement is more than a random act. It is a purposeful act the impact the body on many different levels.

Rotation is good for golf.
This is a basic movement. Using resistance to engage the core as the movement releases the external hip/thigh rotators.

Muscles are what move the body. The skeleton is attached to the muscles and supports the other organs and structures. The muscles are thus responsible for moving the entire body through space. The muscular system functions such that they relax, contract and stabilize. For example, a (perfect) biceps curl. Of course, the biceps, brachioradialis and forearm flexors contract while the triceps and forearm extensors relax. However, let’s say from a seated position, the shoulder girdle, back and core musculature engage and stabilize the body and prevent any motion that detracts from the intended activity. Walking, running, reaching, squatting, rotating all require varying degrees of increased muscular coordination.

Gravity is one of the four forces of nature: the other three being weak (nuclear) force, strong (nuclear) force, and electro-magnetism. The body is designed to withstands the effects of gravity. The manner in  which the skeleton is able to align, the way in which the ligaments and tendons hold specific bodily structures in place. Gravity is constant. It pulls on the body at 9.8 meters / sec2. That means that if a body were falling through the atmosphere, the speed would increase by 9.8 meters for every second of free-fall. Since the effect of gravity is constant, the body must use skeletal alignment and muscular action to counteract gravity, especially when moving.


Human activity is veering toward non-activity. This is driven by the economics of employment. A lot of jobs now require sitting. Over the years, more jobs require employees to sit down. Although there is some getting up to take a break, interact with co-workers, etc., there is a large amount of sitting. There is also a large amount of television watching that occurs. Vegging in front of the TV may also inspire other unhealthy habits says Jeanette Garcia, an assistant professor of sport and exercise science at the University of Central Florida.

Sitting for prolonged periods, i. e. – sedentary lifestyles – are linked to  cardiovascular disease and other conditions. The risk of developing high blood pressure and coronary heart disease increases and is a connected to higher risks for certain cancers. Feelings of anxiety and depression. Can ensue from inactivity.

Excessive sitting can lead to being overweight and obese, incurring type 2 diabetes, and early death. It is theorized to slow the metabolism, which affects the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure, and break down body fat.

Physical activity guidelines Trusted Source recommend older adults do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week, such as brisk walking, and muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days per week to work all major muscle groups.

Go for a bike ride
Fun cardiovascular activity

So, any movement is good movement. Activity is the perfect antecedent to adequate rest. These two things are becoming less and less prominent in modern society. It is necessary to take advantage for opportunities to move. From walking further to the store or shopping center, bike riding in the neighborhood,  or scheduled regular fitness sessions, all of these can be beneficial to one’s well being and health.

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