This post was inspired by a conversation Mike Cohen and I had this week.
We were talking about something you may have seen come across the wires recently. I’ve seen the information shoot out from several sources in the past couple of weeks. And if you haven’t come across this, you’ll want to know:
Studies have been done! The word is out! Sitting is bad for you — prolonged sitting — sitting without breaks — without breaks of the kind this sentence is fond of taking.
You can exercise regularly, but much of it is undone by extended sitting. Or better put: Constant sitting cannot be undone entirely even by exercise.
In one article it was stated the ideal is to move — just for a minute — every twenty minutes. Extended sitting isn’t found in nature, except in zoos. Which double makes my point. It shuts down processes that flush your system. Things kink up. Flow is aborted. Stagnation, for a body or for a nation, is not good. Cells get toxic.
When I mentioned that the twenty-minute mark made sense to me because I’d noticed that once I overrode my antsiness I could sit for much longer — Mike grabbed onto the idea:
“Antsiness is a signal. Your body’s signal to move.”
Your body is wise like Yoda, but without the linguistic triple axel back flipspeak to make you pay attention.
Wise this one is, move she must or die she will.
It simply can’t speak to you and say get off your larditudinous buttocks and move. So you get antsy, you get squirrelly. You change your position in the chair when you should be sliding out of that chair into a new pose entirely (Spot yoga!).
Like yawning, your body is telling you that you have better things to do — at least for a minute.
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