Life is so different today than it was 40 years ago. And if you ask me, it’s less appealing. With technology came laziness. Kids no longer group together in the neighborhood to play kickball, hide and seek, kick the can, tag, etc. And parents no longer sit out on their porches watching the kids play & having a little adult time while they’re at it. When was the last time you drove down a street and saw people sitting out on their porches?
Lee and I spent 7 weeks back in D.C. and there are some beautiful homes there with tremendous front porches and huge front yards,
But with this increasing lack of ‘getting out’ spirit that seems to be spreading in today’s world, is it any wonder that research evidence shows that sitting for long periods increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, cancer and early death? I read that Americans sit more than they sleep – wow! But I guess that’s not hard to believe when you factor in drive time, computer time, and TV time. That’s an amazing statistic, isn’t? I don’t think our grandparents lived that way.
I don’t remember having ‘yard workers’ when I was growing up. Maybe they did exist, but in my world people did their own lawns and gardens, or a neighborhood kid would walk around door to door asking if he could mow your lawn, rake your leaves or shovel your snow, trying to earn a buck for himself. But that doesn’t even exist today. Why would a kid go out searching for work when he has mom & dad to support him, and every piece of the latest technology to stay ‘connected’ at home in his own bedroom – why leave and ‘work’ outdoors?
Today it seems like a lot of people would prefer to buy their way through life, such as hiring a maid, a chef, a personal assistant, just so they can get away with doing as little as possible. I’m certainly not on that list, I don’t want to sit and do nothing. As a matter of fact, I need to do MORE. The economy has most of us in a pinch where we spend every waking moment trying to make a living, and that is a good way to get caught up in putting ourselves last. It’s during these times that we have to remember to breathe, take time for ‘US,’ our loved ones, and enjoy life. In the end, as age creeps up on us, we’ll wish we would have enjoyed our youth, our families, children, spouse, and that we would have taken better care of ourselves – good health makes a world of difference at any age.
In big cities, such as NYC, it’s much easier to get ‘more’ exercise. People walk everywhere. But as they are walking they are also stopping at the local bakery, coffee shop, sub or pizza shop, bistro, cafe… and indulging themselves in such items that will take all the walking they will be doing plus more to work off the calories alone! Two steps forward, but 3 steps back.
The American Institute of Cancer Research is advising Americans to add short breaks from sitting and to incorporate 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise each day. There are also other reports that show this is not enough to protect us from the evident harmful effects of a LAZY lifestyle. So what is it? Walk a little, or walk a lot? Exercise 30 minutes a day, or 1 hour a day? There are so many opinions and so many statistics & evidence that it’s enough to make a person crazy.
In the ME-gan Lifestyle, I suggest listening to your own mind and body. We know when we feel our best, and when we feel our worst. We also know which foods have a negative effect on us, as well as the foods that make us thrive. We know that when we push ourselves we glow from the inside out, and that just the opposite happens when we become sedentary. About 2 years ago I was doing yoga twice a week – that’s all, and after a month or so people would ask me what I was doing because I looked so different, my skin was glowing and I just had that HEALTHY look to me. Being active really makes a difference because it leads to HEALTH, and our body reacts in a positive way to this – it shows, and your body doesn’t lie. So wake up your body TODAY with exercise, it is a sure way to get back into the game of life.
I think we have all the answers already, we just need to do what we know is the right thing to do, and do it now.
Listen to your body talk, you might learn something. Love,