Your Ability to Climb Stairs May Predict When You Die
Mobility Predicts Longevity.
Again and again mobility predicts how long you may live in study after study.
I think we should take this to heart.
We live in a culture that lives our lives indoors. We traded an outdoor habitat for an indoor one.
We traded miles of walking a day for sitting at a desk and staring at a screen.
We traded movement for sitting.
Sitting in our cars
If you don’t live relatively close to work, this can’t be helped.
There may be some ways to cut down on the time spent behind the wheel though.
Just try to walk as many places as possible. This could be to get some lunch, coffee or to grab something from the grocery store.
Sitting at work
One way to reduce sitting at work is with a sit/stand desk. Check out our article about standing desks here.
If this isn’t an option, try setting a timer to remind yourself to stand up and move around at least once every hour. You could even do some stretches or some exercises with resistance bands.
Sitting on the couch
We all need some time to relax or unwind from time to time. I usually spend an hour or so on the couch in the evenings watching a show or movie with my family.
The key here is to break up the time spent sitting.
If you’re watching a TV show, get up during the commercials and walk around, stretch, do some jumping jacks, pushups or squats.
Just remember that any movement is better than sitting or standing still.
Sitting at mealtime
Sitting down for dinner with my family in the evenings is something I look forward to every day. The biggest tip I can give you here is to make sure you don’t watch tv while eating.
Watching TV will distract you, which could lead to eating even after you are full and lingering at the table longer than needed.
I also try to make sure I do some sort of light exercise or movement immediately after I finish eating. This could be as simple as taking an evening walk or doing a few minutes of jumping jacks.
Sitting on the weight machine at the gym.
There’s not much to say here except don’t use the gym as a place to chat and compare whose biceps are bigger.
A gym is to work out.
I don’t know how many times I’ve been waiting for a certain machine and the person on it is just sitting there chatting with the person next to them.
If you want to talk or catch up with someone, at least stand up and don’t block a machine that someone else might want to use.
When don’t we sit these days? Perhaps when we stand in line, slouched over looking at our phones.
Get out there and move.