In many ways, we ought to live like cavemen and women – modern stone-aged families like the Flintstones. We can have our jobs, domestic conveniences and school but embed physical activity throughout each day. Even Fred and Wilma were moving their feet when they were commuting across town.
Even those of us who work in labour may not enjoy a well-rounded variety of physical activity. Repetitive motion from cashier work, housekeeping, construction, warehousing and other trades make us more prone to conditions such as tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, pelvic instability and chronic neck and back pain.
Years of heavy labour and recurrent joint injuries can predispose us to degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis) involving major joints such as the hips, knees and shoulders and frequently used joints including the wrists, hands and fingers. The lower segments of the cervical and lumbar spine are generally the first to show disc degeneration and facet joint arthritis.
As a way of showing that your family physicians support the Burnaby community and are committed to health, the Burnaby Division of Family Practice has formed a team for the Burnaby Hospital Foundation’s annual fundraising event, the Rhythm of Life Run and Walk for Everyone. Funds raised at this event will support cardiac care and critical equipment needs at Burnaby Hospital.
I will be running at this fun event along with my family physician colleagues at Burnaby Lake on Sunday morning, September 9th, 2012. We would like to invite you to support the Burnaby Hospital foundation by donating or signing up for the Rhythm of Life yourself.
For more information check the event website: http://www.rhythmofliferun.ca
or check the Burnaby Hospital Foundation’s website: http://www.bhfoundation.ca
Next: The four major types of physical activity, the health benefits of these activites and practical strategies for achieving your personal health goals.