2.23.15

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Not all movement is created equal.

We’re hearing a lot these days that “sitting will kill you”. Geez, so morbid. But fair enough, I don’t think our body was designed to sit for hours at a time. Or let me rephrase that, I’m pretty gosh-darn-doodly sure that our body does not thrive when we sit for hours at a time, every day. In other words, our body is designed to move.

Yet is all movement created equal? Of course not. That’s like saying all food has the same nutritional quality. We need to make sure we consume a variety of nutrients. But that doesn’t mean the variety includes Snickers, McDonald’s, and Gatorade. (all of which are sponsors for major sporting events, I might add. Hmm, that’s weird. Or maybe I should say, hmm, that’s strategic.) So back to movement. Is it worth it to transition from a chair and desk to a treadmill desk? Hmm…I think we need to go to the Biomechanist for this one.

Let’s look at the big picture – how the body thrives. Biomechanist Extraordinaire, Katy Bowman, breaks it down for us in her upbeat blog on “Junk Food Walking”. Read the first paragraph here and click link to read in full on katysays.com.

“Junk Food: Something you eat that provides short-term satisfaction at the expense of long-term health.

Junk Movement: A way of moving that provides short-term fitness benefits at the expense of long-term health.

Food, like movement is a complicated issue. I hope that by this point in your internet-reading career you understand the difference — at least in principle — between whole food and junk food. Fresh, organic, unprocessed foods are now recognized in many circles as superior to their preserved, extended shelf-life, highly processed counterpart. Then, to make matters even more complicated, it turns out that even fresh, organic foods (like grains) eaten extensively and repeatedly throughout a lifetime aren’t so hot either.”

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