We’ve all heard the recent studies about sitting too much, and the threat of disease or the Grim Reaper.
What’s important to remember is that the danger isn’t from simply being overweight or not getting enough cardio. The key takeaway is that our bodies were meant to move, and if we don’t move enough, the consequences could be deadly.
In my opinion, the greater risk is the myriad of illnesses that come along with an unhealthy body. To me, it’s never been about living a quantity of years, but having the most value from each day for the rest of your life, for yourself and for others.
Here’s the good news: you don’t have to be Mr. or Mrs Universe to do that. You just need to practice ‘minimal fitness’. That is: the minimal amount of general upkeep that is required for your body to be sustainably functional for your everyday life.
Practicing minimal fitness won’t get you to the top of a mountain or winning any marathons, but it will prevent your body from deteriorating in ways it should not (but many people do, unnecessarily).
Your body, at the very least, is made to: stand up from squatting position, stabilize your hips and spine, balance on one foot, extend your shoulders over your head, bend and reach, twist, hop, throw, and of course walk.
The alternative (losing function) isn’t nearly as much fun, and ultimately, is a lot more work. If you’re struggling, reach out to get encouragement to live above a minimal lifestyle (mere survival) so you too can live a healthy FUNctional lifestyle.