"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Sitting = Smoking ???

It's true.  The studies are beginning to pile up the evidence that, regardless of your diet and your exercise, it's the sitting that can take those years off your life.  Some are even comparing the epidemic to the early years of smoking! Now I have your attention.

(Qualifier : Obviously a good diet and a regular exercise program will provide a significantly greater health benefit than doing a poor job at either, but keep reading and find out why even for regular runners, sitting can do real damage.)

The attached link was published in this past month's Runner's World.  I've actually been waiting to see something like this published for the past few years.  If for nothing else, this article provides the ammunition that I need to combat those scoffers at work that make fun of how I try to stand up at lunch (particularly easy to do at most Subways and Chick-fil-As) or rise from my chair in meetings about every 30 minutes to stretch out and take a walk around the room.

(Get article here: Sitting is the new smoking - RW)

I won't try to summarize the entire article, it's much too interesting and you need to read it for yourself.  However, in short, everything from increased risks of cancers, heart disease, diabetes, blood clots, on and on, are the result of what the article refers to as our "Car-commuting, desk-bound, TV-watching lifestyle." And similar to smoking, even if you are a runner, this pattern of behavior is not good for you, especially over 50 hours / week.

As I look back on my own life, I feel fortunate.  Athletics kept us on the move as a kid, a walking campus and a full schedule left little time outside of the classroom to remain seated in college. My occupation has required long hours on my feet, and my hobbies are mostly mobile (even my guitar playing is spent jumping around the room in a 'WWBD' sort of way - What Would Bruce Do?).

So read the article and consider your own activities.  Do try and park a little farther away.  Do try and take the stairs every once in a while.  Do try and break up the long hours at the computer with mini-walks.  Heck, do even try and eat a Subway while standing up.  You'll love it.  Promise.  Your legs and your health will thank you.

Bottom line; I guess it is true what the commercial says, and my parents preach, a body in motion tends to stay in motion! 

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