Fitness: Avoid stagnation

It has become normal to sit for hours on end, whether it be in front of the TV at home or in front of the PC at work. As discussed before, such total stagnation deactivates the body’s sewage system (the lymphatic system), dooming your cells to a life with stinking sewage constantly running down the streets. We simply cannot expect our cells to stay healthy in such an environment.

So, what can we do about it? Well, it is quite simple really: make sure that you move at least a little bit every hour. Such intermittent motion will keep the streets clean and greatly improve the living conditions of your cells. And yes, happy cells mean a happy you.

OK, so how do we go about doing that in this world that just begs of us to sit our lives away? Simple again: make some intelligent tweaks to your micro-environment. Here are a few suggestions:

If you have a sedentary job where you sit in front of the PC the whole time, get yourself a raise-and-lower desk. This is a simple and inexpensive piece of equipment that can quickly and easily adjust your workspace from sitting to standing and back again. Standing is a lot healthier than sitting and using such a desk to work an hour or two in a standing position every day will be of big help.

However, there is something that is even better than standing: walking. Imagine that you could pace around your room while working on your computer. Wouldn’t that be nice? Well, the good news is that this is actually possibly nowadays through voice-control software that allows you to speak to your computer while pacing around the room using a wireless headset. Aside from being a hundred times healthier than sitting, it is also really cool 🙂

You should also develop the habit of taking a short break every hour or so. Use an online timer on your computer to remind you to break, keep a rather small water bottle on your desk so that you need regular refills and get into the habit of taking a 5 minute walk around your workplace two or three times a day.

Lastly, please kill your TV or, if you watch, only watch specific, high quality programming (which can be very hard to find nowadays). Never just sit around channel surfing. Not only is this a tremendous waste of your precious time, it is also extremely unhealthy. Scientists have calculated that every hour of TV-watching reduces your lifespan by 22 minutes. This implies that the average American loses about two hours of life every single day (together with the five hours they wasted staring at the non-information radiating from their latest flatscreen).

Make regular motion a habit. It is one of the best habits you can ever dream of cultivating.

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