While I may not always like it, Sarah’s got it right. What feels natural to her isn’t to me. She rarely sits on the couch; her relaxing is more full body – laying on her side, extending her legs as straight as space permits. That space is often shared by me, who over time, ends up sitting in a slumped and soggy way usually with her legs across my lap.
I guess I’d gotten use to feeling a little stiff after a long sitting session. But now that we’ve started Chiropractic care, we’re thinking more about our habits. Our Doc has alluded that couches are bad and “what are you going to do about it?” It’s a bit of a sticky issue because we aren’t about to give up the time we spend together on the big purple couch.
We, like so many people around the world, watch TV. Whether new shows new movies or reruns of either, we typically spend a few hours each day together on that cushy living room center piece. Hell, I consider us less users than some of our couple-friends whose entire relationships are built upon watching the boob-toob together.
It’s just not very healthy. And not just the mental part, that which is arguably destroying the imaginations of millions, the body, too, greatly suffers. The poor posture couch-loafing encourages is damaging. The sloths like forms we become use very little energy. If amassed with too many unspent calories and/or an overall unhealthy diet, gradually the habit turns us into lazy fat people. The longer we maintain the bad habits, the more limited we are in our most fundamental ability, to move.
If it’s gone on too long, and I’m talking years or at least months of grotesque binge eating & sitting, busting out of this routine is near impossible. As time goes on, the body loses endurance and the mind becomes depressed. The routine becomes habit. It can get to the point of being painful to be upright, to tear away from that loungamajig near unthinkable for any length of time. The couch is a dangerous tool that enables poor posturing habits.
Dramatic enough for ya? I digress. In moderation, finding pleasure in being lazy certainly isn’t wrong, it’s just got to be kept in check. Relaxing / de-stressing is key to a long healthy life.
Fortunately, Sarah & I are pretty active and aware people so we’re in okay shape. What we can (ok, are willing to) do is make couch time better for our body’s by sitting with better posture (ergonomics matter, everywhere) and definitely getting up to stretch more often. As with most things, avoiding the excess is the way to be.