I was watching episodes of Little House on the Prairie the other day- a classic series shown here on tv when I was little and it occurred to me…. have we become lazy? I really noticed how much incidental movement they had in their daily lives – most of which doesn’t exist today.
I really noticed how much less we are moving our bodies compared to Charles and Laura Ingles 🙂 due to modern convenience yes, but we are moving less. And I’m not talking a 45 minute gym class, I’m talking increments of incidental movement throughout the day.
For example to put the heater on, someone had to go outside and chop wood for half an hour to an hour- that’s a lot of energy. This also applied to be able to cook anything or boil water for some tea.
Then there was the shower situation, which of course they had baths, but someone had to fill the bath with jugs of water, backwards and forwards backwards and forwards- takes bloody forever, more energy.
Although we probably don’t want to go back to those times, we are definitely moving a lot less. We don’t wash our cars anymore, this started when we had water restrictions didn’t it, but how many of us wash our own cars now? This gave me a kick up the backside- I just washed my car instead of taking it through the car wash…… guess what, I was puffed.
I walked to school – primary and secondary, most did, that’s out the window now too, with the majority of kids driven. I’ve never had to chop wood to start the fire, I turn it on via a button but we really are moving a lot less now, it doesn’t take nearly as much movement to complete daily tasks. Has this impacted our overall health?
Hand washing clothes, washing dishes, so many things modern convenience has saved us doing. I also noticed, not one of the characters in the show were overweight. They were all a healthy weight, in fact I’d say on the skinnier side of a healthy weight…… where most of us would like to be, well most ladies anyway.
A lot of our movement now comes from deliberate exercise, going to the gym, a Pilates class, F45 etc…… we’ve lost incidental movement for daily tasks and living, which equated to a lot of energy and …… I think, we’re all paying the price.
I seen on tv not long ago some reality goggles that are coming soon. You don’t have to leave the couch to travel, you can virtually rome the streets of Santorini simply by putting on the glasses.
Instead of smelling the salty air, feeling the sun on your skin, smiling and having a chat with the locals and of course- moving your legs and actually walking through the beautiful white cobble stone streets with your feet planted firmly on the ground…… go figure.