The Death of Us

The Death of Us

Our Sedentary Lifestyles

 Are you tired all the time, stressed and have a hard time doing things that use to be easy for you?  Do you feel that YOU are not all you can be?  Did you know that many Americans has adapted to a sedentary lifestyle and that this is killing us.  A sedentary lifestyle is more than just spending an excessive amount of time sitting each day.

This lifestyle has negative health influences including increased anxiety, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression and more.   Some people have jobs that require them to sit all day, others sit in front of the TV all the time. A sedentary lifestyle is a type of lifestyle with no or irregular physical activity. We joke a call people couch potatoes, well that’s what we are doing turning our body’s into curved, rounded versions of the image God created us in.

State of mind

As a kid I would go to school and sit most of the day but at least at school you get to get up every 45 minutes and move around; then there’s PE/athletics, Band, lunch and other activities as well.  Our problem is that then many youth in today’s society then go home to sit in front of a TV or computer screen all night and in their free time.

Why?  Well its simple we are training our kids this way.  When they are young, very young; we stick kids in front of the TV to entertain them and keep them busy.  As they grow up they get more and more technology; as adults we get busier and busier and spend less time out of the house doing things with people.  We mentally enjoy that time sitting, doing NOTHING in from of the TV; but it’s at the cost of our health.

Coupled with our changing diets, as we eat less fresh, more processed foods without paying attention to what we are putting into our bodies.

Obese but full

Did you know that just because you are full does NOT mean you are being nourished?  Fatty food seem to fill you and keep the hunger away longer but it’s not putting anything in your body you need.

Today’s society is overweight but under-nourished because we are putting junk in our bodies.  In school we learned Garbage-in/Garbage-out when working with computers.  It’s the same with our bodies.   What are you putting into your body.

Activity

As our population grows heavier and struggles more and more to do daily activities we all have to look at our activity levels.  Yes, YOU, and me and everyone we know.  I’m not saying we all need to goto the gym and become the next Arnold but we NEED to become active.  We need to take time with our kids going places, doing things, and getting out of the house.

Since man was created we have been walking….. Walking, walking, walking.  We all need to remember that our bodies are built to be in an horizontal (sleeping) or vertical (standing)  position; not the bent over form you have when sitting down.  Let’s all try to spend more time up and moving, on our feet.

Ultimately I thin it is imperative to get involved with an activity that requires movement that you enjoy on a regular basis if you want to stay with it.  Whether it be a sport, hobby or activity; its up to each of us to find SOMETHING to get us more active.

Desk Jobs

Ultimately, experts urge people to get out of their chairs and start doing something.   While this may not seem practical for those stuck in an chair or cubicle but small, simple changes like taking phone calls standing up can help. I encourage you to redefine our workouts into all moments, have a weight or stretch-band at your desk.

I spent five years sitting in a call center environment and growing chubbier and chubbier for it.   It’s so easy to grab a bag of chips from the vending machine or a coke from the machine.  if you have been on a job where you’re on the phone all day you understand the need to have something to drink.  Well let’s all try water.  I know yeah, water.  A friend of mine, Patty, introduced me to putting fresh fruit (cucumber, watermelon) into water to give it flavor without the additives and such that are in a lot of the drink mixes.  YUM!  It tastes good too.  I need to start doing more of this; but so do YOU!

Let’s do it!

This is not something easy for you to do alone, get your whole family involved, your co-workers and those that are around you!  Lets make a positive change in our lives TODAY!

Well I have been sitting here typing this for too long, time to walk around and do something less sedentary.  Same to you, right now DO IT!  Let’s go up, on your feet.  Right NOW!

Written by Matthew Hite  Amarillo, Texas

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Tips for Improving your life through Healthy Living

In today’s fast pace society a lot of us, including myself, forget that we have to maintain the flesh and bones and keep ourselves healthy.  We over-extend ourselves and push ourselves further than we should and don’t take time to smell the roses.

We can all improve our quality of life by making small healthier choices every day.  Here are six categories that will help you improve your life please take a few minutes to review them and to implement them!

1.  Stress is a mess–everything causes stress…. even good things in your life.  It is important to learn to manage your stress.  Stress has been known to lead to serious health issues such as depression, obesity, self-inflicted wounds and even death can come from being too stressed.   Take some time each day to clear your schedule, get organized and your street will be easier to manage.  Set realistic goals and work toward them.  If you get in over your head, STOP, close your eyes (if your not driving) and then take a few deep breaths which will also help to enhance your blood circulation.  Eat antioxidants because they fight stress hormones on a regular bases.

2. Eat Healthy–you are what you eat is very true.  Many of us spend too much time eating processed food and we eat out too much.  These foods are NOT what our body needs, our body needs a balanced diet of foods and minerals and fresh fruits and vegetables are king!  Also drink, yes drink but drink the right thing.  Everyone should keep hydrated with WATER.  There really is NO substitute.  Avoid drinks loaded with sugars and caffeine. COKES are NOT good for you!

3. Put your feet up–everyone need to have some “me time” prop up your feet, relax, take deep breaths and think about what you are successful at instead of dwelling in the negatives.  Did you know you can build your immune system up by laughing.  Endorphins are released into your body when you laugh.  Schedule time to relax, its important.  Also laughing will help your blood flow and can give you a great abs work out; LOL.

4. Sleep–everyone needs 6-8 hours of sleep each night but did you know that less than 75 percent of people get that.  Games, computers, texting, and social media keep people in contact 24/7 and we need time to rest, our body has to have it.  Shut it off and go to bed!  Between school, work, sports, family, church and other activities who has time to sleep in today’s fast paced world?  The answer:  Truly Successful people do.   Zzzzzzzz

5.  Preventions and check-ups–be sure to know your body, know your limits and don’t step outside of what you can safely do.  Its ok to push yourself a little but don’t push too hard.  get a yearly check-up and physical, sometimes we don’t realize there are issues because they creep up on us gradually. Regular checkups can help you prevent/detect serious health issues.

6. Scare yourself–this is my personal favorite.  We need to scare ourselves or do something to cause our heart to race at least one a day.  The most common way to do this is to exercise but its very healthy to get your adrenaline up and get some blood flowing.  Just don’t do anything that will physically put you in harms way.  In all seriousness we all need to spend more time with a raised heart rate, even a 30 minute walk each day is better than just sitting at the computer, it does not take a high intensive workout to maintain and keep yourself healthy.   Remember to BOO someone, it might help them stay healthy.

Blog post by Matthew Hite, Executive Director AAYC, matt.hite@amarilloyouth.net