A while back I heard Terry Gross interview The New York Times Phys Ed columnist Gretchen Reynolds, about her new book The First 20 Minutes. Here is the link to the transcript of the interview which I think is worth the time to read. In the interview Reynolds talks about the importance of standing for 2 minutes every 20 minutes. From the article:
“Sitting for long periods of time — when you don’t stand up, don’t move at all — tends to cause changes physiologically within your muscles,” says Reynolds. “You stop breaking up fat in your bloodstream, you start getting accumulations of fat … in your liver, your heart and your brain. You get sleepy. You gain weight. You basically are much less healthy than if you’re moving.”
Now I’m not bound to a desk, but I do spend a lot of time sitting while I work. After hearing this interview I decided to try this out myself in my private practice. If I’m working with someone for an hour I find a way to do my work standing 2 – 3 times in that session. And, in the time I schedule for myself between each client I stand and do some movement exercises as well. I’ve been doing this now for almost a year. What I’ve noticed is that when I’m really good about standing during my CranioSacral sessions I’m way less tired at the end of the day. I’ve also noticed I’m less stiff in my body and generally feel pretty darn good! I have more energy for my clients and more energy for myself at the end of the day.
My suggestion, give the transcript a read and see how you can implement this into your work life. I think you’ll be glad you did.
Yours In Health,