Things We Can Learn From Digby The Dog

Every night I take my dog Digby out to the backyard to do his business.

Every night he races around the back yard like he is chasing some invisible cat- some nights just a little and other nights a lot.

The moral of the story is not that he is psychotic, but that he knows he needs to MOVE.

It is natural to him. He runs and runs and then stops when he has had enough.

We could all take a lesson from Digby…we all need MOVEMENT in our lives.

Take an extra walk, run up the stairs occasionally, walk at lunch time, do a lap of the oval when your kids are playing sport…..but MOVE, it is good for you.

Written by,

Mark Stokes (Physiotherapist & Groove Owner)

Movement Helps Us Live Longer

In addition to a healthy diet and psychosocial well-being, regular exercise can improve both life expectancy and quality of life and help in the prevention and control of chronic disease.

(Gremeaux, V., et al., Exercise and longevity. Maturitas, 2012. 73 (4): p. 312-317.)

Other studies have shown that regular exercise was as effective as Zoloft for fighting depression.

Take home message= MOVE

How can you implement movement into your day?

Movement tip #1

Have a walking meeting: If you are meeting a friend for a coffee and a chat, meet at the café, go for a short walk and talk, then stop and have the coffee afterwards. Easy!