Sitting at your desk for hours at a time? Feeling aches, pains and becoming increasingly more unfit as you spend hours working on your computer or watching TV?
Over the last few weeks, I’ve come to realize that I spend way too much time…sitting. That’s right, me, who’s constantly preaching about the importance of daily activity, has been spending too much time sitting and a lot less time moving…until now. Here’s my latest solution to being more active while at my desk…
We are meant to move and don’t do well when we’re stagnant for long periods of time. Think of a stagnant pool of water as opposed to a running stream. The stagnant pool quickly develops all kinds of nasty things in it (very technical, huh :)) while the running stream is brimming with healthy nutrients and compounds. Well, we’re kind of like that, too. Without movement, we quickly accumulate things we don’t need – in the form of extra weight, toxins, an increase in the likelihood of inflammation, etc. Over time, this leads to illness, symptoms, conditions, and even disease. With movement however, our bodies have an opportunity to flush out many of these toxins, our bodily systems are running more efficiently, and we’re teaching our bodies to burn instead of store excess energy/calories.
So, as this New Year is underway, one of my goals is to increase my daily activity. Not just in the form of formal exercise but increasing activity when that dedicated period of time is over. Sure it’s great to get that run, jog, class or treadmill session in, but what are you doing once it’s over?
Please comment and share to let me know if this inspires you to move more – I’d love to hear your thoughts!
By the way, I wrote this post while stepping.