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52 Pick Up: Sit Up Straight!

January 24, 2014
Art Predator aka Gwendolyn Alley hard at work

Art Predator aka Gwendolyn Alley hard at work

I hate to admit it, but I am a couch potato.

Not the kind that sits with a remote watching TV while eating a bag of chips couch potato, but the kind that sits with a laptop, feet up on the coffee table, drinking coffee or wine.

While I used to sit on the floor in virasana or other yoga poses while I tapped away, somewhere in the past two years of grad school for my second MA (this one in Depth Psychology), the yoga block and the zafu were no longer in reach and that habit was shed during the Year of the Snake. (Photo of me being goofy and sitting on a yoga block at the coffee table by my son who was about 8 at the time.)

On the heels of the article I posted the other day about inactivity and how it is BAD FOR THE BRAIN not just our bodies, a recent article in the Washington Post provides this infographic which describes the impact of our poor posture on our body and our health including organ damage, muscle degeneration, leg disorders, foggy brain and more:

 “People who watched the most TV in an 8.5w-Sitting-year study had a 61 percent greater risk of dying than those who watched less than one hour per day.” Now how is watching TV that different from sitting and being online or working on a laptop computer?

Check out the hazards of sitting and take a stand for your health in 2014–the Year of the Horse! Or at least, sit differently!

As for me, instead of staying home and writing a blog post for Wine Predator and lamenting that I’m not at ZAP, I’m heading down to LA to taste the 2011 Bordeaux then going to a Speakeasy Art Happening complete with 20s costumes and a password to celebrate Elle-Je Freeheart’s art and birthday!

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