2016, Series 1, Week 4 - Don't Just Sit There!

The fact that we tend to sit so much is definitely a key player in a lot of our movement health problems but just standing all day is not the answer either. What we need is more regular movement.

 Lucy's new standing desk, it has a little handle so you can wind it up and down to suit (this is the 1st one we've bought new. Ian and my desks were constructed from ebay finds and random bits of wood!). She also lies on the floor or sits in a variety of ways on the floor too. They key is to keep moving.

Lucy's new standing desk, it has a little handle so you can wind it up and down to suit (this is the 1st one we've bought new. Ian and my desks were constructed from ebay finds and random bits of wood!). She also lies on the floor or sits in a variety of ways on the floor too. They key is to keep moving.

We tend to live in a world of convenience. It's all about the multi-tasking time-saving. Sure there are good reasons for this, and I'm not knocking lots of things I love about living in the modern world - but I've never felt better since I started using my car a lot less and started using my legs (and my arms and everything else) a lot more.

I'm not talking about pummelling myself either (not that there's anything wrong with that if that's your thing). You just can't make up for 10 hours of sitting a day with 30 minutes of moving. The body requires movement for many reasons - but some key ones are bone density, circulation, waste removal and maintaining range of motion. Try walking over lots of different kinds of surfaces, sitting on the floor to read the paper (use as many props as you like)  and reaching your arms in lots of different ways throughout the day. Don't move into pain, just trying moving differently and more often.

There are many wonderful advantages to living this way. You become more connected to your environment, you might enjoy going for a walk to send your mail or get the bread and milk and stop for coffee with a friend on the way back. Katy Bowman has written so many inspiring things on Natural Movement. Check out her website for great blog posts and free podcasts (which you can listen to while you walk). She also has a range of books on specific issues, just holler if you'd like a recommendation.

PS. Here is your sitting calculator. And if you are really feeling inspired read or listen to Don't Just Sit There.

 

This week in class we will cover from Your Daily Movement Multivitamin Chart:

  • Floor Angel
  • Calf Stretch
  • Head Ramp
  • Head Hang
  • Hand Stretch
  • Pelvic List
  • Double Calf Stretch
  • Thoracic Stretch
  • Abdominal Release
  • Rhomboid Push-up
  • Legs on the Wall
  • Spinal Twist