It’s important to use a body in as many ways as possible, Bowman says
“It’s vitally important to your health, down to the cellular level, that you use your body in as many ways as you can, for as much of the time as you can: get a standing desk, walk to work, sit on the floor instead of the couch. Of special importance are those movements we’d be using a lot were we were still living as hunter/gatherers, like walking for miles, squatting, climbing trees and using your arms for something other than typing. These movements which have been natural to humans for thousands of years, are essential to physical processes like digestion and circulation.” As well as moving more of our bodies, more often, Bowman says we need to be spending more time outdoors. Getting outside, in nature, has crucial health benefits according to Bowman, who sends her two small children to an outdoor school. “Light, vitamin D and distancelooking are all aspects of being outside,” she says. “Dirt and fresh air are good for the body, as are varying temperatures and interaction with phytoncides, the airborne chemicals emitted from plants to protect them from rotting. Like trees, our bodies © cybertrek 2018
Like trees, our bodies adapt to the environment. Currently, they’re adapting to an indoors, seated environment where we look at something two feet away adapt to the environment and currently they are adapting to an indoors, seated environment where we look at something two feet away.”
Stacking your life It might seem hard to find the time to be outside, as well as doing everything else we need to do in a day, so Bowman has come up with a concept called “stacking”, or meeting multiple needs with one activity. Walking while making your work phone calls is stacking – although she points out
that you should be walking within work time, not making work phone calls during down time in nature. Active commuting is stacking. Doing something outside with the family scores very highly in the stacking stakes, especially if it involves foraging for the evening’s dinner. Shopping ethically and locally is stacking. Something as simple as eating outdoors is stacking because you’re removing the need for heating and lighting, you’re looking into the distance and experiencing nature. However, exercise in the gym is unstacked movement as it only uses movement to improve one part of our lives, our physical structure and health. “Going for a 30-minute walk to strengthen your muscles and burn some calories is an example of exercise,” says Bowman. “But walking a mile to the store to pick up something for dinner is an example of movement. They use muscles in the same way, but there is a big-picture difference regarding how biological needs are being met.” Bowman argues that the affluent ailments affecting our society, such as obesity, cardiovascular disease,
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