Making Movement a Habit is the Key to Longevity

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In 2018 we've narrowed movement down to 2 Categories

High Intensity Exercise

  • long distance running

  • high intensity interval training (HIIT)

  • spinning

  • group motivation gyms

Being Sedentary

  • desk jobs

  • technology browsing

  • stationary media consumption (TV, Movies, "screen-time" etc.)

  • driving

There seems to be no in-between anymore.  We feel the need to use one to combat the other.  While we always recommend continuing or starting High Intensity Exercise under the guidance of trained professionals, it simply isn't the key for long lasting healthy movement habits.  

People get burnt out.  Repetitive classes get old, it becomes less social, commutes can change, or family life happens.  All of these make it hard or even impossible to get where you need to go to "do your movement".  Life will get in the way at some point.

What we can do to establish good, healthy, consistent, #move habits is take a page out of the book of our longest lived relatives.  Scientists have found that there are 5 Regions around the world where people are living happy and healthy well in to their 100s at a rate 10% higher than anywhere else in the world.  These areas are not hidden gems but industrialized regions, and the people all have a few things in common.

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LONGEST LIVED PEOPLE IN THE WORLD

  • don't pump iron

  • don't run marathons

  • don't join gyms.

INSTEAD, THEY

  • live in environments that constantly nudge them into moving without thinking about it.

  • grow gardens

  • don't have mechanical conveniences for house and yard work

  • have jobs that require them to move or get up frequently

  • walk every single day. Almost everywhere