INTERVIEW: KATY BOWMAN
cancer and osteoporosis, have been brought about by our attempt to live outside of nature. We live inside walls which limit how far we can see, chairs which prevent our hips and knees from bending all the way to get us to the floor, and thermostats which keep our body temperature at a constant, with no physiological work involved. Added to this, Bowman says that there are entire categories of movement missing from the list of recommended exercises for health, which is why exercisers, couch potatoes and manual laborers who do a lot of repetitive movement are all prone to the same diseases, joint replacements and need to take the same medication. They are all engaging in limited motions of exercise, for a limited period of time, which will not solve the problems created by our sedentary lifestyles.
outSiDe tHe BoX So, is there anything the health and fitness industry can do to help? “Health and fitness providers could help by presenting exercise in a broader context of movement,” says Bowman. “Teaching the difference between movement and exercise, clearly stating that it’s not
Taking desk breaks and making work calls while walking help boost our daily movement quota
only exercise we need, but all-day movement. The exercises they teach can help prepare people for more varied movement.” Health and fitness operators need to think outside of the box. They need to make sure they are offering enough choices for people to move in a range of ways and also educating them about the importance of doing so and making sure they have a varied (nutritious) programme of exercise.
Health and ﬁtness providers could offer more classes and activities outdoors
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