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.
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.
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