Cramped as Chickens
We all know how inhumane it is to prevent animals from moving around as nature intended. The horror of caged animals and pigs is familiar to us all, and we are rightly outraged.
But when was the last time you thought about how cramped your own life is? Yes, most of us are comfortable, warm, and generally move around when and as we like. Yet there is clear evidence that our convenient modern lifestyles are killing us. It’s not just because of sub-standard diets. It’s because we’re not moving enough. We spend most of our days cramped in chairs, sitting down.
You can now make your way through most of your day with limited time on your feet. From bed to car to office, and back home to the couch. According to research at the University of Leicester the average adult spends 50-70% of his or her time sitting. We weren’t designed to have our bodies bent into a sitting position for such long periods and now we’re paying for it.
Our lack of activity is contributing to the diabetes, heart disease, and obesity epidemics, which in turn is having a huge impact on health resources. We can’t afford, both economically and in terms of our health, to sit (pardon the pun!) on this any longer. We need to get moving.
It’s now thought that one thirty minute burst of exercise a day is not sufficient. Breaking up those long periods of sitting is key. Take regular breaks away from your work station. Park the car further away from where you need to be and walk the rest of the distance. Choose stairs over the elevator.
When we were kids we did this naturally. No-one had to tell us to move. It’s what our bodies wanted. Watch these students to see how standing desks have helped with their learning, behavior, and health.
If it’s what we expect for the chickens and pigs we end up eating, then we should expect if for ourselves.