150-200 years ago things were different. When people went to work each day they went to places like farms and factories, where the days were long, the conditions almost unbearable and the pay minimal. In order to survive in these environments you had to be not only physically fit but mentally strong. Life was certainly tough back then but many of the health conditions that we see today simply did not exist due to the fact that people had to do lots of physical work.
Fast forward to today, 2010. A typical day for the majority of people consists of waking up and driving to work while sitting, working at a desk while sitting, driving home while sitting and eating and then watching t.v. until bed time while sitting. Notice a trend here? We are always sitting and because of that we never come near the point where we can make positive adaptations in the body towards better health. Yeah sure there are those people who get out and run a few miles a few days a week. Or the guys who crush some bench and guns at the gym a few days week. But as we all know that only takes you so far. The reality is that as a majority, human beings in this day and age rarely ever push themselves physically like we had to do years ago.
Because of all of this our bodies have fallen into disarray. Doctors have people lining up at there door because of back pain, sore knees an shoulders etc. etc. the list goes on and on. This is none more obvious in the sports world where many athletes are competing with many physical limitations that proving to lead to catastrophic injuries that can end a career early. On the side of the coin people so inactive they are dealing with things like obesity and diabetes much earlier in life.
Listen up people:
Humans were born to move (hear me: not just born to run!) born to move and move in many many different ways. Don’t believe me, just take 5 minutes out of your day and watch a toddler play. They roll, squat, twist, reach, bend, step, fall, push themselves up, climb, crawl and run. I firmly believe that if humans continued to move like this through childhood into their teenage years and eventually into young adult hood we would not be dealing with so many injuries and health problems that are common these days. Years ago it was called physical education and its time to bring it back.