In case you missed it, The Wellness issue of NY Times Magazine came out last week.
There is, of course, loads of fodder for healthy living; relationships, mental health, exercise, the food critics diet, and even a little interview on the many joint replacements of Jane Fonda.
The article Weighing the Evidence on Exercise promotes the long term metabolic and health affects of exercise, and shuns the assumption exercise will immediately aid weight loss. Out of this entire wellness magazine, the last sentence in the above article proved most striking. It is a quote from Associate Professor of Kinesiology at U Mass, Amherst, Barry Braun, and his words speak volumes:
One thing is going to become clear in the coming years, Braun says: if you want to lose weight, you don’t necessarily have to go for a long run. “Just get rid of your chair”.
What does that mean?
Let’s be clear. It doesn’t mean a treadmill desk is going to be the answer to life’s problems.
What it does means is all the little things we do throughout the day add up to make a big difference. It means, keep moving!
“Getting rid of the chair” means balancing our relatively recent technological advances with what the human body is built to do: move. We have not yet evolved to large brain blobs being fed by tubes and hovering in glass jars, so might as well keep those limbs working. If we open up to new concepts and ideas regarding balancing our lifestyle choices (changing dated habits in our work, family, home and school schedules) the world will follow suit. Afterall, the world is our playground, not our work station.
Perhaps the new motto for the next decade should be: “Sit Less. Live Longer.”
…Or for those with a darker sensibility in the aging spirit of post punk I like “Sit still and die.”
Your own genius suggestions are highly encouraged.