Over the past several years, an anti-sitting movement has taken shape all over this fruity plain. We’ve been told that sitting is “worse than smoking.”
Being a contrarian, I wondered how much truth was contained in the idea of sitting being bad for you. After all, my Dad lived to be 97+ years of age and was still able to walk, even when he didn’t have much time left on the clock. And he sat all day long.
How much time did my Dad spend sitting each day? I would estimate that he sat for 12-14 hours per day, on average. That’s a lot of hours on your rumpus, don’t you think?
My Dad never had a standing desk, nor did he spend inordinate amounts of time on his feet. So you can chalk the whole thing up to genes, or you can at least entertain the idea that sitting ain’t nearly as bad for you as we’re being told.
Which led to me thinking, what if there’s a compromise involved here? What if there’s a way to get super fit even if you sit for many hours each day.
And doggone it, there is a way. In fact, I’ve figured out more than one way to do it.
My most popular way, to date, is what you’ll find in Combat Conditioning.
An upgrade from the above-named best-seller is Gama Fitness, a program that will get you fit from head-to-toe no matter how much time you spend sitting.
You can buy into the narrative and the fear that sitting is the worst thing you can do for your health, or you can imitate animals in the wild, who get their daily exercise in by hunting and stalking prey, followed by long periods of sitting and lying around.
Getting fit is not about constant movement all day long. It’s about incremental slices of life that bring forth grand results.
Kick ass – take names.