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.