Throughout my writing career, I am destined to spend the majority of my life in front of a computer screen, sitting in a chair, most likely in a small, indoor space. Many of the jobs available today possess these same attributes. More than ever before, we are a culture that sits.
And it’s not just our waistlines that are paying the price — our minds are suffering too. A sedentary life lacks movement, and a life without movement is static and dull.
I began writing this post yesterday, but I didn’t finish it until this morning. Ironically, the reason I couldn’t seem to crank any words out was because I had been sitting for more than an hour already.
Sitting zaps our motivation, inspiration and energy.
I had to do something about my lethargy. I needed a jumpstart, and fast … so I got out of my chair. After taking a step outside, pacing the kitchen, making a cup of coffee and doing some light stretching, I was as good as new.
We were made to move.
Our legs were made to take us places and let us dance, walk, run and leap. Our minds and bodies were made to interact with the world around us; they were not made to be molded into couches.
I heard a commercial the other day that I think sums up what I’m getting at here. The jingle went something like: Inspiration does not favor those who sit still. If for no other reason, moving mentally stimulates us, allowing inspiration to motivate and enlighten us.
Here are 5 other reasons to get off the couch and get moving!
1) Discover new things and places. The only way we will see the world is if we venture into it. Try out that new restaurant in town, go rock climbing for the first time, get a massage — the possibilites are endless.
2) Create new memories/stories. Sure, you can create memories from your living room couch or your office chair, but experiences are better when they are shared with others. Seek to connect with people in your community who have similar interests, and get to know their stories. Not only will you make new friends, but you’ll also learn more about what you are interested in.
3) Tap into your energy source. According to Prevention, “University of Georgia researchers who analyzed 70 different studies concluded that moving your body increases energy and reduces fatigue.” Perhaps a walk around the block is more productive than a nap after all.
4) Have peace of mind + less pain. Recent clinical studies show that pranayama, a type of rhythmic breathing used in yoga, along with regular stretching can reduce sleep disturbances, pain, anxiety, depression, addictions, and PTSD symptoms, while improving mental quality of life.
5) Be happy; be healthy. Although this is one of the more obvious reasons to get off the couch, I think it is the most important. Movement or any form of exercise increases endorphin production, which improves your overall mood. A happier mind means a healthier body and a jumpstart to a dreary day.
The next time you feel bogged down by how much you have to sit every day, get up a move for a few minutes. Stop waiting to feel less tired and do something about it.
Question: What excuses keep you plastered to your chair every day?