“The demands of standing, walking, and running have shaped the entire human body from head to toe.”
-John Durant, The Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health
A great way to spend time with loved ones (which is healthy itself) is to walk with them. (Holding hands is optional.)
Mr. Durant is trying to say that your body is made to move while upright on your two feet.
Or, you are made to move often and a lot.
Humans are not made to sit. The majority of our ancestors’ lives were spent sleeping or moving.
Sure, there were times when we’d lounge around or sit by the fire, but these instances were a small percent of the total time humans spent their lives.
What does this mean for you? It means a few things. Let’s see…
First, it means you need to get upright and move MORE than you are now. Our ancestors averaged about 13 miles a day of walking. The average person is at about 3 miles a day; for some of you, it’s much less than that.
Second, it means sitting is killing you. Try a standing desk or even lying in bed while working.
Lastly, you must take advantage of a valuable form of exercise and all the beneficial hormones that are moving produce. You are a less-functioning human being.
- Start taking walks.
- Walk after meals.
- Take the stairs.
- Park at the END of the parking lot instead of driving around looking for a close spot to save a few steps.
The more you move, the healthier you are. You will be happier (thank the hormones). You will burn more calories. You will live longer. You will be a better functioning human being in all ways. Good.
Get to it.
Founder/CEO, Wild Foods