The new advice for modern masses:
On your feet, and off your asses!
The hours you’re spending on your rears
Can cost your lifespan several years!
The sofa, couch, or beanbag chair
On which you rest your derriere
Is slowly, surely, killing you.
And so, of course, what you must do
Is walk. Or run. Or, simply, stand—
It’s really not a big demand—
There’s just one thing you have to quit;
The thing you cannot do… is sit.
So… get pissed off! Or get angry! Frown!
But do not take this sitting down.
In todays NY Times, an opinion piece warns us of the dangers of sitting. And this is not an isolated warning. A.J.Jacobs (of “The Year of Living Biblically” and “The Know-It-All), in his new book “Drop Dead Healthy”, warns us against the evils of… sitting. Aussie researchers tell us that “On average, every single hour of TV viewed after the age of 25 reduces the viewer’s life expectancy by 21.8 (95% UI: 0.3-44.7) min.”
So, yeah, the world is conspiring to yell “get off the damn couch and get on your feet” at me. And the weird thing? I’m actually standing up while writing this. Maybe I’m an idiot, but it does not cost me anything to be standing right now, and with only one life, a few extra days with grandchildren seems a pretty decent lure to me…