Another study has confirmed what most of us knew : lifting weights make us stronger, to live longer.
We now have a virtual ‘slave’ in our homes: Siri, Alexa, Google et al can turn the lights on or off, switch the heating up or down, close the blinds and curtains, answer the phone or change the channel on the tv – all things that we used to physically do. We don’t even have to get up to answer the phone anymore, it is usually less than 12 inches from our hand at any given time of day. We used to use our functional movement muscles, and just do it (ironic slogan).
There is biological proof that extra weight bearing makes our bones stronger and our hearts work harder. If you apply what we also know to be true “use it or lose it”, then it stands to reason that if you don’t use your legs and arms to get out of a chair then they will get weaker.
Amazing technology, once the incomprehensible dream of authors, exists for us to make life easy (read EM Forster’s The Machine, if you don’t believe me). It is foolish to even suggest that we reverse advances to become more active again but what we DO have to do is … become more active again. Walk, run, lift weights, walk up stairs, collect the shopping and (mercy me) carry it home. We as older adults will make our lives longer by doing these things. And if we nurture this into our children, it will be in their nature to prolong their lives in the same way also.
It is undeniable – we do have to ‘just do it’.