Hope this finds you better than ever.
I want you to think about something.
What are you doing right now? Seriously, right THIS second?
If someone were to look at your profile right now from side on, what would they see?
Would they see you standing tall, head up, chin down, chest up, body strong, balanced and proud, looking like an animal capable of rapid and dynamic movement in any direction?
Or would they would see you in a position of slunched, rounded shoulders, retracted and shortened hip flexors, with your body curled up and over at the middle?
Taken another way, if they removed your surroundings and looked at your profile all by itself against a plain background – would they consider that you are in something that looks awfully similar to the foetal position?
If you are in the first category, power to you.
If you are in the second category….. well, don’t stress (too much), you are not alone, most of us call it sitting.
I think that SITTING could be one of the biggest detriments to your physical performance. (Expect to come back to this later.)
This topic is so big I am not even sure really where to start, so I am going to just dive in, and see where my Kiwi mumblings take me.
The thing is, everyone who orders Athletic Greens or reads this blog is looking to improve their health, quality of life, or physical performance.
We strive for those things because we think they will make us HAPPY, and by and large, in this instance, we are spot on. I have yet to meet anyone who is unhappy because they look, feel, or perform better!
I applaud that. Happiness, health, and human performance are what I am all about…….
Well, time to step it up a level mate. Diet in and of itself is important, but there is something dear to my heart that judging by some of the emails we are getting is frequently missing:
Taken from an evolutionary biology standpoint and in light of our genetic heritage – if you don’t exercise, you are BROKEN.
If you don’t have “time” to exercise, you had better reserve a lot of time for disease, immobility, and downright MISERY.
And if you are chasing fat loss, you can expect your progress to crawl when compared to someone who is coupling an outstanding eating plan AND some smart exercise.
Starting next month, I am going to begin a little series on how I think you should exercise, and give you some pointers on the best way I think you should go about doing so.
If you are not yet exercising regularly, don’t sweat it, we are going to walk you into getting in awesome shape.
If you are already exercising, I love it! I am a big fan of continuing education, so you will hopefully learn a bit about why I structure my workouts this way, plus I am going to introduce you to some exercise rock stars.
In the meantime, if you are sitting (and two big thumbs UP if you are NOT), please get up out of your chair, and MOVE.
At a minimum, walk around, stretch your hip flexors for a minute each, (maybe do some glute bridges and a few lunges too), move your arms until you can feel the muscles in your upper back working, stretch out your chest for a bit.
Even better, go and do some exercise. You know, MOVE, like we are designed to. Do a quick workout at home, hit the gym, or even just go outside and go for a walk with your thoughts or a significant other.
With this being the weekend, I really hope you will make the effort to get outside.
And consider how you might change your computer set up so you are only ever working on it while standing up….
It may take a bit of effort, but you will thank me.
I genuinely believe that the less we sit every day, the happier we are, and the easier it is going to be for you to achieve your health or performance goals.
That is it for me, I have had way too much laptop face-time this week so I am out of here! Hope you have a great weekend.
Always, always, eat clean, nutritious food….. and please, get moving.
“100% Focus On Happiness”
That is my mantra, and it starts with phenomenal health.
Chris “the Kiwi” Ashenden
ps. What are you doing for exercise this weekend? Starting my Saturday with a quick gym session, then plan to take a walk outside with a very pretty girl this afternoon…. life. is. beautiful.