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Instead of ‘Exercise’, Just Move

Running in Sri Lanka

Exercise is one type of movement. Due to our busy life style, we tend to do this as on single daily workout. This single exercise time in an otherwise sedentary life doesn’t fully meet our need for movement.  Instead, we should try to  get in small but frequent movements to reduce our sedentary lifestyle.

In Back to Nature program, we try to promote movement rich lifestyle replacing modern sedentary and  sitting lifestyle.

Modern humans are more sedentary than ever, hence if you want to be healthier, then you should start moving more. Many people exercise in highly routinized and monotonous ways, like running on a treadmill in a gym. Other animals don’t “exercise” so much as they either play or just do what is required to survive. Birds fly. Fish swim. Humans are well adapted to moving in our own natural ways: ranging across the savannah, hunting, gathering, fighting, and procreating.

Humans are well adopted for bipedal walking, running and standing. We have 206 bones in our body which can move in endless permutations (206! ways). We should encourage movements which facilitates range of movements.

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Movement

  • Stand, Walk, Run
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Dancing
  • Marital Arts – Angampora, Karate
  • Yoga
  • Sports – Badminton, Cricket

 

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