people-jumping-joy1. Your body wants to move and to move other things.

Our anatomy was naturally engineered to run, crawl, jump, throw, kick, and perform a myriad of other activities that most people have long since relegated to childhood games and sports.

Occasionally when I am walking somewhere, I will feel an urge deep down to just break out into a run, like my legs are coiled springs straining to be released. I think once our bodies get a taste for intense and natural movement, it will long for it again like a penned up animal.

Understandably, some may avoid strenuous exercise because of the resulting soreness that is sure to follow. Sadly, they will also miss out on the resurgence of energy the body provides as well; its way of eagerly anticipating the next wonderful opportunity to move and play.  If you are fortunate enough to have the ability to make full use of your physical self, it would be a shame to let it languish from inactivity.

2. Your body wants to eat real food that won’t make it sick.

Through the course of history over thousands of years, there has been a fairly predictable menu of food available for humans to eat. This included meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. But, in a relatively short period of time the standard diet for many of the people in the world has morphed into the products of industry and chemistry labs. This is not natural and is entirely outside the realm of what our bodies expect us to consume.

Sure, our bodies crave things like sugar, salt, and fat; they are valued energy sources and help fuel our activities. These would have been hard to come by in the wild though and certainly were not available in the quantities and forms that they are today in the modern grocery store. Seek out wholesome and unprocessed food, and let it be a medicine that heals your body.

3. Your body wants to feel the sunlight on its skin.

When the light from the sun hits our skin, it triggers a chemical reaction that ultimately gives us the Vitamin D that we need. It’s free for the taking and yet there are many in the world who are drastically deficient in this essential hormone. It has far reaching effects on many things from our mood to our ability to process and metabolize sugars.

Sure, having a nice tan looks great but do we really understand why we think it does? Maybe we find tanned skin attractive because it is often sign of somebody who is active outdoors and gets sufficient amounts of Vitamin D; both very healthy qualities.

4. Your body wants to rest in the dark.

With all of this moving, eating, and playing outdoors we still must submit to the setting of the sun each day and come inside to rest. Over thousands of years our bodies have developed circadian rhythms which are irrevocably tied to the cycle of day and night. Our hormone levels are naturally regulated by exposure to light, and prepare our bodies for sleep as the sunset fades into night.

However, sleep is not just a period of wasted time to be grudgingly accepted until we wake up to begin the next day in our busy lives. While your conscious mind may be at rest, the tissues and organs in your body are busy repairing the damage done during the previous day. Your muscles grow in anticipation of even more arduous tasks to be asked of them. And, your mind dreams, wondering and imagining all of the possible or improbable things that may come.

These four things that our bodies ask of us are like a table with four legs.

If you remove one leg, the table will probably still stand up even if it is a little unstable. Remove two legs and the table will surely fall over. We may neglect or leave out any one of these aspects from our lives, but how unstable will that cause us to become? If we neglect yet another, will we too fall over?

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10 Responses to Four Things Your Body Wants to Do

  1. Justin says:

    I’ve been reading about Vitamin D and what all is linked to its deficiency. I knew it was important but until I started researching it I never knew just how important it can be. From preventing cancer to fighting obesity, it seems to be linked to some of the biggest problems in the field of health and wellness.

  2. David Csonka says:

    Vitamin D is definitely pretty important. One of the biggest health care victories our country has had was when the government mandated that Vitamin D be added to milk. It virtually cured rickets overnight. Sadly, cases of the disease are becoming common again as more nutritious drink choices are being substituted with junk like soft drinks. Skin cancer alarmism probably doesn’t help either.

  3. Justin says:

    I just read an article the other day about a lady in Great Britain who got rickets. Apparently she was applying SPF 50 every time she went outside, no matter how short the duration, to any exposed skin. It took almost 10 years before someone was able to diagnose her properly.

  4. David Csonka says:

    Wow, that’s pretty nuts, reminds of of the movie Robo Cop 2, where the people had to smear goop on their skin called SPF 1000 or something because the ozone layer was completely gone.

  5. ilja says:

    Did you know I see a BurgerKing add on the rightside(top) of my screen, while reading all this? Kind-a-funny.

  6. David Csonka says:

    Yeah, Google AdSense is kind of funny like that. A little while back a particular shoe company was running a strong ad campaign for these crazy spring shoes. They kept popping up in my posts about barefoot running, so it was a little hilarious.

    I bet the ad is for the double down, that thing is all over the news lately!

  7. Fitz says:

    Sunlight! I read a lot about Vitamin D deficiency and how it’s so widespread – so I got mine checked about a month ago. Sure enough, I was deficient. I’ve been supplementing in addition to running/cycling outside every day to get my D levels back up.

    It’s difficult in the winter with short days – even those who run outside every day are all bundled up. Seems like a good excuse for a vacation to me!

    I get my milk from a local dairy and being minimally processed, it’s only milk. No added vitamins so I have to rely on other dairy/vegetables for my vitamin D.

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  9. Danielle Dillard says:

    Great post – thanks for sharing. I love your blog, especially your posts about the Vibram Five Fingers as I’m recently starting to run in them. I love this post though and love the idea of what our body wants/needs from us!