Tuesday, October 31, 2017

It's expensive being sedentary

My worst nightmare - being stuck on a boat with 1000 other people
I read an article last week about how the current generation of folks are retiring later, dying sooner, and being sicker in between. I'll link to that article later when I have it digested, but one statistic I remember was the "ADL" or "Activities of Daily Life". That's things like being able to get up and walk across the room, or tie your shoes, get up off the toilet - you know doing normal things. Apparently 12% of people 50 years old are not fit enough to complete their ADL. That's insane!

When I told Amy about the article, she said "It's expensive being sedentary". Think about it. If you can't even tie your shoes, what do you do to fill your time? You can't go for a walk, let alone go for a longer hike in nature. You need to buy expensive home entertainment systems with big screen TVs to sit and watch them. You need to have your iPhone handy at all times so you can interact with Facebook and Instagram rather than see real people. Your vacation has to be managed for you - like all of those god awful cruises that are advertised during Wheel of Fortune. 

You can't even go to the store, you need to have your groceries Instacarted to you. And you get your 2-day Amazon Prime deliveries instead of going to Target (though I do appreciate that, as an introvert Target drives me crazy, I'd rather get the delivery). What about the physical work of making your own food? A meal from scratch requires a significant amount of movement. If you can't do it, you get your Blue Apron delivery and have a fake fancy meal.

I don't know what came first - the sedentary pastimes driving the unfitness, or the lack of fitness creating a market for these things - or if it was coevolution (devolution), but our society is now set up for you to just pay other people to move for you, so you can be sedentary. That's no way to live.

I bet your gym membership feels cheap now.


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