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Monday, March 6, 2017

EASY CHANGES

     Doing what's best for our health, from an evolutionary perspective, isn't always easy.  So much of our whole societal infrastructure (for lack of a better term) is premised upon over-eating and sitting.  I have addressed the tendency in our society to push food upon people.  Today I want to focus more on the virtual REQUIREMENT that people sit down wherever they go.  Go to the airport, you sit. Go to a restaurant, and you SIT while you wait to be SEATED.  Go to have your car smogged.   You sit in the car, then get out and sit in the waiting room.  Go to any government office and you sit.  Go home and you sit and eat, sit and talk, sit and watch TV, sit and work on the computer.  Most people sit a lot in their jobs, as well.  In many cases, there really isn't much of a choice.  My day job, for example, is in a government building.  Most people sit, sit, sit.
      By a stroke of luck, being in the right place at the right time, I snagged a sit and stand type desk that raises and lowers.  Since getting it, I went from sitting for about 5-6 hours out of the workday to sitting for about 1-2 hours, when it is necessary.  I don't know for a fact what long-term effects this will have on my health, but I do know that our ancient ancestors very seldom had the luxury of sitting around for 6-8 hours.  I welcome the opportunity to stand for the majority of my workday. It may not be a huge change, but it is one easy, simple way to dial back the sitting.   I intend to push for these for everyone.  Granted, given our history, not everyone will want to stand throughout the day, but I hope, at least, everyone will be given the opportunity.   A treadmill desk would be even better, but don't think that will fly in this building.........................

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