Monday, October 15, 2012

Don't Let Sit Happen

We all know that a sedentary lifestyle will kill you fast. There are tons of studies out that show this. But recently this article came out telling us that "Short bouts of sedentary behavior consistently increase health risk." Basically this means that if you work a desk job, you're odds of living a long life decrease every minute you're in a seated position. So if you're sitting on your ass as you read this, show respect to my blog, do yourself a favor and stand up!

The concept of Eating Like A Hunter fits perfectly with the article because it encourages as much movement as possible by physically earning your food. Imagine putting a 500 lb. bull in a headlock while stabbing it in the throat with your knife after it was weakened by your spear lodged in its abdomen. "Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense. (Proverbs 12:11)" Even evolutionary theorists will agree with this concept. Nothing in nature survives to pass on its genes if it waits for food to come to it. Even a plant will grow in the direction of sunlight. But modern humans are too smart for our own good sometimes. We've found a way to create an environment where food will literally come to us without any type of physical labor. And there couldn't be a more popular, unhealthy food that we associate with home delivery...Pizza!

I work a desk job. I understand the health risks associated with it and know what I must do to minimize those risks. The typical desk job has a 15 minute break (or two) and a 30 - 60 minute lunch. Try to find at least 30 cumulative minutes of exercise/movement within an hour-and-a-half's time. It might be difficult for some, but I think this is definitely possible for most. The idea of sitting on another chair to stair at your phone should sound crazy to you. Think of're taking a break, a break from what? What have you done that deserves more sitting? In fact you're better off laying on the floor and taking a nap. I wouldn't advise that though because sleeping on the job will get you fired. If you want to call it break, take a break from sitting down. Do 15 minutes of calisthenics on your breaks and/or lunches. If you work in a large building walk/sprint up and down the stairs. Pound tons of water throughout the day, it's not only healthy but you'll have no choice but to stand up and walk to the restroom. If you work at home or your office allows for it, get one of these.

Make every second count in your work day. Since most of us aren't working labor-intensive jobs, we must do what we can to keep our strong edge.

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