Move Around and Flex your Body

lazy cat on the couch
Easier than entertaining mice

Things I’ve been learning in Asia are not new but, instead, are confirmations of good ideas that have sat quietly in the back of my brain for a while.

I’ve never been the type to ask someone else in the room “could you pass me the remote?” or “can you just hop into the kitchen and get me a glass of water…?” Those requests always seemed kind of lazy to me. The only time I’ve ever requested this kind of help was when I was bed-bound from flu or a broken bone.

When I think about it even more, I truly feel that there is not enough movement in our daily lives. If you’ve seen Super-Size Me, a documentary about a man who eats McDonald’s everyday for 1 month, you’ll notice that the average person takes 3,000 steps in a typical day. Think about it… we get up, walk to the car, drive somewhere, go to the office from the parking lot, sit for hours, and repeat the movements going back home. City people probably walk more, but they are walking by loads of tempting food and desert shops too…

There is a saying in Chinese which goes “饭后百步走,活到九十九” – “Take a hundred steps after eating and you’ll live until you’re 99” literally. So, find a reason to walk after dinner… or make extra movements when you are doing things in the house. Really, inefficiency by moving more than necessary is a good thing! (A more active bedroom life can help too…)