It’s not that easy to get enough exercise these days. Humans are “moving animals” that have been developed over many millions of years.
Unlike our ancestors, we now spend little time hunting and gathering food. Many people drive their cars to go shopping and to work. There you spend the day sitting in the office. It is not uncommon for people to go straight to the couch in the evening. Move? Nothing!
Today, people move around 70% less on average than they did 100 years ago. And that can have far-reaching consequences for health.
Possible consequences of lack of exercise for the musculoskeletal system:
- Movement stimulates the regeneration of the articular cartilage and the formation of synovial fluid. Conversely, a lack of exercise promotes cartilage damage.
- Many joints are stabilized by muscles. Insufficiently trained muscles lead to joints being put under incorrect or excessive stress.
- The muscles themselves also tend to cramp if they are not regularly strengthened and supplied with blood through movement.