This Just In: Humans Now Replacing The Tiger in Zoos
A Tiger in the Wild
A Tiger in the Zoo
Modern Day Humans
- More than 2 in 3 adults are considered to be overweight or obese.
- About one-third of children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 are considered to be overweight or obese. (www.nidkk.nih.gov)
- “In 1970, 2 in 10 working Americans were in jobs requiring only light activity (predominantly sitting at a desk) … By 2000, more than 4 in 10 adults were in light-activity jobs.” (US National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health)
- The number of sedentary jobs has doubled within 30 years and is still on the rise.
The People of Abkhazia
The people of Abkhazia spend their days walking up and down the mountainside. They also eat fresh and organic fruits, vegetables, and animal products. This keeps them fit and healthy well into their 80’s, 90’s, and 100’s. Because there is less oxygen available at their elevation, they have developed advanced cardiorespiratory systems.
These people live a life that is completely different from ours. Exercise, and any physical activity really, is not an option. It is a core part of their lives.
What We Can Learn
I believe that we as a society have made our own “enclosures”. They can be both physical and psychological. Let me explain.
Our jobs and lifestyles as a whole have become more and more sedentary. A big part of it is because of the technological advancements that we have had in the past few decades.
They have made many of our jobs less labor-intensive. We have become used to seeing exercise as something that we will get to, eventually. But, most of us never do.
We tend to have so much crammed into our days that it pushes exercise to the curb. And now we see the results.
"Time in sedentary behaviors is associated with increased cardiovascular and all-cause mortality; this has now been shown for television viewing time, overall daily sitting time, and time spent sitting in cars.”
We simply aren’t out there exercising every day. It isn’t an integral part of our lives anymore. You can clearly see the effects on our elderly. Healthy seniors have become a rarity.
“Approximately 92% of older adults have at least one chronic disease, and 77% have at least two.” (National Council on Aging)
With all of the medication and advancements in health, shouldn’t we be healthier? Who is to blame? I believe that where there’s a will, there’s a way.
If we truly want to be healthy, we will force ourselves to exercise and stay in shape. The problem is that we wait too long to start. For instance, most individuals wait until they start having back pain before they look for treatment instead of exercising to prevent it and living a healthy life.
So, we only have ourselves to blame. We might say that society causes us to act this way, but who makes up society? We do!
The Effect on our Back Health
Back pain, at the root, is primarily caused by weak muscles. When you don’t consistently put a strain on your muscles and bones through exercise, they become weak. As people age, they tend to be more and more sedentary. And thus, the more likely they are to have back pain.
“Experts estimate that as much as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives.” (American Chiropractic Association)
It has almost become a guarantee. It’s all up to you to turn that around. Not in 10 years or even tomorrow, but today.
I believe you should take a look at what you have control over:
- Your Job(s)
- What you do at home
- Your habits
- Your diet
All of these things mentioned above can become an “enclosure” in our lives. You might think that you are trapped inside and there is no way to change your circumstances. But, I disagree. You do have control over them and can change them if you truly want to. The key to it is actually caring enough to make a change!
One change might mean working fewer hours or spending an hour after work exercising, instead of watching the news. Instead of going out to eat at a fast food joint, you can go grocery shopping and prepare a meal at home.
I realize that it is hard to change a lifestyle all on your own, which is why Maiden Wellness is here for you. Yes, we can help get rid of your back pain. But, quite frankly, that is the easy part and only the tip of the iceberg.
Our main goal is to help you cultivate a lifestyle that sets you up for success in the long run. We want you to build habits that will help you stay healthy well into your retirement. It is definitely possible. All it takes is a little faith, hard work, commitment, and saying yes to a healthier you.