A lack of movement can kill you.
Before we get into all that though we’ll keep it light with a little bit about growing up in Texas. Growing up here was a little bit different than some areas, I could wander around in the woods near my house with a giant machete and a paintball gun/ blow gun / sometimes actual gun and be in nature. My best buddy, Will, and I were always out among the trees and creeks doing this stuff things for no apparent reason. Building forts and shooting at each other (with paintballs not bullets) in the Texas heat was fun but sometimes we had to step (or fall) into a creek to cool off. Our parents were good parents and warned us about the dangers of stagnant water. When creeks and ponds get stagnant, dead fish and bacteria float to the surface, forming tepid pools of rotting filth during the dry seasons. We knew not to get anywhere near that for fear of getting water in our ears or noses and having our brains eaten by infections, which is perhaps a bit farfetched, but also a real thing.
This is relevant because we have an unfathomable amount of “streams” in our bodies through which our fluids circulate. Consider perfect anatomical posture to be a conglomeration of freely flowing streams in the body– a network of structures that pump fluids, all of which are comprised primarily of water. Now consider all of the uncomfortable and unnatural postures we adopt to do whatever it is that we feel compelled to do, whether it is twisting from right to left to swing a hockey stick, or curling over to clean a patient’s teeth, or wearing a tight poly/spandex suit and hunching over handlebars for 4 hours. These positions function, posturally speaking, like the dams that Will and I built in the creeks of south Dallas growing up. Good flow and circulation in the creek would wash them out, but when inevitable dry spells hit, the pools we created would go stagnant. This understanding can be directly applied to the body. We go through life damming up the tubular and crystalline fascial network causing impingement in the flow of water. If you drink enough water and move frequently, it can in some cases take years for problems to manifest. A lack of water, though, has significant effects in compounding the stagnation. What is a stagnant pond in the body? Inflammation, infection, necrosis.. cancer. The list goes on. Of course, there is a lot to consider with the more severe conditions, but a significant amount of issues can be solved by just drinking water and moving more.
How much is enough? Halve your bodyweight and drink that in ounces per day for a good baseline. Do you drink coffee? Great! You now have to offset that 2:1 (eg. 12 oz coffee =24 oz water *in addition* to the aforementioned baseline). If you drink alcohol, prepare yourself for a 3:1 offset. This is where most of my clients say something to the effect of, “that much water makes me have to pee all the time and I just don’t have time for that.” If that’s you, you’re in luck! Your body will be sick soon and you’ll have plenty of time to think about that while trying to get better! Clear the dams in your internal streams or stagnation will eventually force you to consider why you made the choice not to. After all, having read this post it is now, for you, a conscious choice.