I spent a long day out working in nature yesterday doing quite a bit of walking and climbing. I came home exhausted last night, but discovered this morning that my blood sugar had dropped about 20 points lower than my average lately. During the winter months it is easy to forget how much simple exercise is so important to good health. Things like hiking, biking or just walking during the day are so important and a natural thing to do. If there was only a way to incorporate this type of exercise into a daily work schedule it would fix a lot of the health problems that we deal with.
The problem is that most of us work in an office type of environment where we spend too much time sitting and not moving. Even if we learn to start standing more, or doing little routines like walking up and down a set of stairs once an hour, it still is no comparison to the work of a farmer. The human body is designed to do work. We did it for millions of years through hunting and gathering, chopping wood, running short distances, and lifting heavy things.
I am certainly not suggesting that we need adopt a daily work schedule that is identical or even close to what our ancestors did each day. That would be just crazy. But, I believe that we should all really start thinking about our work day. What movement can you add to your day that would break up all the sitting around you do each day? I currently work out for an average of two hours each morning. It is a slow workout as I am in my fifties, but even with this workout early in the morning each day I have to ask myself, Is it enough? After a day like yesterday and seeing the results in my blood sugar this morning would it be beneficial to find a more physically active career? Or can I make my work day a bit more active through creativity? I have some things to think about…
Blood Sugar – 80, Weight – 165.0
Creatine Day #15
Bowflex – CHEST
Bench Press- 155/155- 18, 18, 17
Incline Press- 155/155- 14, 13, 12
Decline Press- 155/155- 15, 15, 12
Fly’s- 80/80- 12, 11, 11
Breakfast- 3 Eggs
Lunch- Chicken, Broccoli
Dinner- Beef Stew