"everyone thinks, “oh, I need to exercise more,” or “I need to eat better, but I need to spend time with my kids, so if I only have an hour and a half after work, I gotta drop my kids off, I have to find someone to watch them, which costs money, and I need to go exercise because it has to be this high intensity thing because I’m not moving the rest of the day, so I have to make up for it with this high intensity time.” "...we don’t understand that simply just going outside and walking with our family at a slower pace, for a longer period of time, over logs, through water, gets us everything. It doesn’t cost any money, you had time with your family, you got your health, you got to commune with nature, you got to transfer some electrons between the earth’s ground, you didn’t have to buy any packaging which means you didn’t have to go to a place that’s got electricity running, you’re not using electricity to get some exercise. You’re not getting onto a machine that costs the planet just so you can get your movement, because moving over the planet yourself powered by you is too foreign of a concept. Do you see what I mean? The solution to everything is just getting back to our fundamental basics, and then you can add this component of, “there’s all this food to be eating!” Once you start walking through nature, there’s all this food that can be gathered, which is a whole other show – on food foraging – it’s like, it solves so many problems and it solves the most problems for the least amount of time, which is the ultimate solution."
From all the sitting I do, it has turned out to be essential for me to stretch my psoas muscles, very specifically, otherwise my pelvis gets pulled/tipped forward and my low back ends up screaming at me. (All the typical low back pain stretches do not help with a pelvis tipped forward by muscles too tight in the front.)
Jocelyn Campbell wrote:I know there are a gazillion ways homesteaders, and gardeners, and permies of all sorts get their movement and exercise. What are some of your favorites?
Sarah Houlihan wrote:All the hard work you do really shows after a while and things that used to be hard are easier and easier.
The other day, I weeded more than a half-mile of row-crops in a few minutes. It was simple and easy, because I do it all the time. I have one muscle near my elbow that is hyper developed from weeding. Muscle builders don't develop that muscle, but I sure have. It's my favorite muscle.
My favorite muscle
Move, move, move! I am very lucky to be able to have a job that allows me to move. My clients are stuck at computers. It is slowly killing them. I've been the one stuck at a computer. It was rather rapidly killing me.
Hans Quistorff wrote:TThat is a fine illustration of the difference with the western world where sitting in a chair is the norm. Notice that their spines remain straight instead of curving.
Dale Hodgins wrote:I'll be 53 in a month and have basically no aches and pains to complain about, but sometimes I still do.
I've never gotten involved in any of the fads.
I've always lifted things in whatever manner works best for me.
I have never succumbed to any of the bullshit presented by the back pain industry and won't be one of their victims. Canada is overrun with people who would like to sell me something to fix a problem that does not exist. They have a whole language of mumbo jumbo terms to describe conditions that don't exist in other jurisdictions. I think the most alarming sounding one is, degenerative disc disease. It means aging, and it's not a disease. Chiropractors came up with it to get your money.
Non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) is the energy expended for everything we do that is not sleeping, eating or sports-like exercise. It ranges from the energy expended walking to work, typing, performing yard work, undertaking agricultural tasks and fidgeting. Even trivial physical activities increase metabolic rate substantially and it is the cumulative impact of a multitude of exothermic actions that culminate in an individual's daily NEAT. It is, therefore, not surprising that NEAT explains a vast majority of an individual's non-resting energy needs. Epidemiological studies highlight the importance of culture in promoting and quashing NEAT. Agricultural and manual workers have high NEAT, whereas wealth and industrialization appear to decrease NEAT.