Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Sitting kills: Chair dweller meet paleo metabolism

Sitting is a killer! And it’s because we are our paleolithic ancestors (physically anyway) living in a chair bound world.

There is a mismatch between what the body does all day and what it is intended to do. As a chair dwelling lifestyle meets a paleo metabolism, the result is a cascading series of events leading to weight gain and back pain as well as risk for stroke, heart attack, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, cancer and more.

The body is pre-programmed by paleolithic ancestry to be up and moving yet most of humankind lives and works in a chair bound world. What can be done to mitigate the effects of this sedentary lifestyle? Research by the Kunzes has discovered the answer.

Every footstep is a potential “nutrient” feeding the body the nourishment missed as one sits too much and too long. Move two hours more a day including breaks in sitting every 20 minutes. Un-sit and re-set are metabolism and muscles. Lessened is risk for the lifestyle conditions listed above. 

Sitting with a purpose and moving with a plan describes a new “diet” approach. Sitting, standing and walking used in appropriate amounts normalizes metabolism, keeps weight in check and makes muscles happy. It is possible to target specific lifestyle conditions by considering how much and how often to be up and about.  

A chair is a tool to be used wisely. Un-sit and save your life.

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