This post is attributed to the book, American Idle: A Journey Through Our Sedentary Culture by Mary Collins.
Mary Collins got into a bicycle crash outside of Washington D.C. She suffered multiple crushing injuries; some that would be repaired over time, and some that she would have to learn to live with, including ruptured disks in her back and damaged sense of hearing and smell.
When someone loses their abilities, their physical self – especially as an athlete, it changes perspectives very quickly. We must evaluate human behavior and modern lifestyle trends in a different way and with a deeper sensitivity, in the same way we might appreciate the absence of pain only when we are in pain or appreciate walking only when we are immobilized.
Sorry, But We’re Not Bears
Without realizing it, many of us have lapsed into a state of being idle, but we’re not bears. Mary describes her visit to the National Zoo, “We cannot convert nitrogen into protein, go months without drinking or urinating, or retain bone mass without moving.” A bear can emerge from its cave at the end of winter and move right into functioning with other bears without an intense regimen of physical therapy or pharmaceuticals. Figuratively speaking, a bear could go from cave to bicycle and do it well. Humans, on the other hand, are a different story.
Movement is Ridiculously Essential to Our Well-Being
By stopping physical movement or the gradual withdrawal from everyday activity is the predominant reason that more than 1 in 5 adults are obese in every state except Colorado. It’s also why children are increasingly being diagnosed with heart disease and diabetes. Too many of us are ignoring the basic truth about our own health and well-being and have accepted a life of idleness.
We Must De-Evolve From Our Sedentary State
As human beings, our future, our ability to remain vibrant healthy beings, depends on a steady diet of activity. We can be boards or sponges. Boards are stiff, rigid and break easily. They stay in place. Sponges absorb and flex; humans were designed to be sponges.
We must all challenge ourselves to become more active and build a routine around movement.