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Motion is Lotion

The first time I heard this phrase was from Jenny Moshak (one of my former supervisors and the former Head Athletic Trainer for the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers Basketball Team).  I didn’t know at the time that it would quickly become my life mantra because it is so crucial in the health and longevity of our bodies.  From the cellular level, to brain chemistry, to bone and joint health; everything in your body is aided and enhanced by movement.  Did you know that humans can perform more varieties and combinations of movements that any other species? It is no coincidence that some of the best forms of American entertainment are centered around the amazing and crazy complex positions we can train our bodies to complete like in dance, and professional sports.  Increased heart rate actually helps the brain to perform at optimum capability and also helps to literally regenerate new brain cells.  We are the smartest species on the planet because we have the ability to execute more intricate movements than any other species.

Movement has actually assisted in our survival as a species because as we evolved we learned how to use new skills to accomplish greater tasks and with increased movement and skill learning our brains grew and evolved with our amazing bodies. But it is ironic that as we create new technology our lives are quickly becoming the most sedentary on the planet and with it comes major complications.

But how can this help us now? Think of it this way. Motion is Lotion plain and simple. Literally…it’s science! The vast majority of joints in your body are classified as synovial joints because they have a special naturally produced fluid that is excreted in your joints to help lubricate them but the trick is synovial fluid is only produced with MOTION. Hence Motion is Lotion.  The next time your knee is sore and hurting you it might actually be best to go for a slow walk or hop on a stationary bike for 5 or 10 minutes in order to get some great movement and some synovial fluid to help you with the pain. Not only is the synovial fluid crucial but with motion we have increased heart rate and ample blood flow through the body aiding in the healing process for your pain and soreness.

Even separate from your workouts movement is so crucial! Because the average American sits 8 to 10 hours a day we are very limited and a while a 1 hour workout is great, it is not enough to undo all of the hours spent sitting. Try and make it a goal to increase the number of different movements you do every day and decrease the amount of that that you sit. Your body is a magnificent masterpiece but it needs to continue doing many varieties of movements for as long as it can! It challenges your brain, muscular system, and neuromuscular system.  (to say the very least!)  If you don’t use it you lose it! Think about all of the movements you did as a child.  That is healthy and what your bodies crave. It’s not so easy to squat down on the floor anymore or crawl around on your knees.  This is simply because you have been forced into a chair from basically the first grade through the rest of your life! It’s time to stand up and get out of the chair before it causes major havoc and dysfunction to your body.