How many hours do you spend sitting each day? At work or school, in the car, on the couch? Now, how many hours are you asleep, perhaps 6-9 hours? How many hours are you at the gym? Do you sit between sets or intervals?
Letís say youíre the typical office worker who sits from 9am to 5pm, who gets up to the printer or to grab a coffee perhaps every couple of hours. And letís say you go for a 30 minute walk on your lunch break. So thatís 8 hours of work and 6.5 hours of sitting time (on a good day).
Now you leave work, get in your car, or on the bus/train Ė sit down and travel for an hour (donít forget youíve spent the morning getting to work and this has also cost you another hour in sitting time). Perhaps you get home, and you head to the gym Ė 15-20 minutes travel time spent sitting in the car. You spend a couple of hours there lifting weights or maybe youíre doing some cardio. You may sit around and chat to some friends or perhaps you rest between sets.
Now youíre at almost 9 hours sitting time.
You get home, eat something, perhaps you play with the kids for a bit, or do you head to the computer to do more work? Or does the couch look more appealing? Youíre exhausted from your day, youíve done your work out Ė you sit on the couch and watch some TV to unwind. If youíre like most Australianís you cook dinner and eat in front of the TV. This may take up 2 hours of your day Ė so letís be generous and give you another 1 hour sitting time.
You get home, youíve done your workout, youíre feeling exhausted and its about 10-11pm, you head to bed.
10 hours total sitting time now turns into 7.5 hours sleeping time. Your body most definitely needs sleep but now itís combating hours of inactive sitting time. You toss and turn a few times, but mostly your body is motionless.
You wake up, hit snooze a few thousand times and finally you get out of bed and feel stiff, sore & you just want more SLEEP! Your legs feel heavy or maybe your shoulders and neck hurts from sleeping in an awkward position all night.
Sitting and sleep now account for 72% of your total day. Thatís ĺ of your total life where your body isnít moving. Your body is designed for MOVEMENT. If you feel like youíre doing everything right, yet youíre still stiff and sore, perhaps youíre not moving ENOUGH.
My point is, western culture is an inactive one. The idea of modern exercise isnít enough Ė run, walk, play, crawl, climb, have FUN with movement and your body will thank you a thousand times. If your body isnít used to much variety of movement youíd be surprised in what small 5-10 minute changes will have on your overall body health. Compliment this movement with regular massage or body work and notice the change in energy levels, stress reduction and increased flexibility!