Sitting is more damaging to your health then manual labor.
“Sitting is the new smoking.“
Last week I quadrupled the intensity of my workouts, and exercised twice per day. Going into the week, I was a little bit nervous that I would overdo it and hurt myself.
But the opposite happened. As I started getting more and more workouts under my belt, I started feeling better and better. I pushed hard, but still stayed within my ability. The result was more energy and no joint pain.
Then yesterday came, and I spent six hours in front of a computer screen. No movement, except for busy little fingers typing away on a keyboard.
The amount of tension from that six hours of sitting was unreal.
I have been “preaching“ the value of moving for years. But I was given a dose of how it feels myself. Experiential learning is the most important way to learn. I can lecture you all day long, but until you feel the difference between not moving and moving, you will not learn.
Have you been sitting a lot over the past few Months? Years? Decades? Do you remember what it’s like to move all day? Do you remember what it was like as a child?
Kids don’t worry about “over training.“ They don’t worry about doing too much. When you are a child, you play on the playground all day long without fear of injury.
Then, as we get older, we spend so much of our day sitting and not moving.
Don’t "not move."
We should move all day long. Not 100% all day long, but sporadically throughout the day. Why not do five minute mini workouts every two hours? Keep the blood flowing. Keep the joint fluid.
If you must work sitting down staring at a computer screen, set a timer and move sporadically.
Our modern age of fancy gadgets does not help us to get healthy. No matter what you’re "smart" watch says, the best way to get healthy is to ditch technology, at least for little spurts every day.
Force your body to work the way human bodies worked 10,000 years ago. By moving! By physical exertion!
Exert yourself to where it challenges you, but is still doable according to your own abilities. Don’t overdo it. But again, most people don’t have to worry about overdoing it. Because we are drastically under-doing it.
Don’t "not move."
Keep moving, keep moving, keep moving.
Stay flexible, strong, and agile. The time for stiffness is when rigor mortis sets in after we die. Until then, you are moving machine. Keep moving, keep moving, keep moving.
PS - If you don't know where to start, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or text me at 408-883-4442 and I can train you to get you back to the point where movement feels good again.