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What do you think the most unnatural position is for the human body? Think back to how we must have been for thousands of years: gathering food, moving from place to place for new food sources, following a herd of animals…

Sitting. Sitting drives me crazy!! Mornings are nice because I get to shower, make my smoothie and bounce around a bit before the sitting begins. Time to head to work, about 21 miles each way in traffic. In traffic that is 40-60 minutes on your butt just to park and walk inside to assume the position again. (Later I will talk about the positives of that commute, but I am sticking to the complaining for now.) Into your chair. 8-10 hours later with some standing for food and bathroom breaks and it is time to get back in the car and head the other way for a total daily commute and work aggregate of 10-12 hours! HALF of the calendar day firmly parked.

What to do?

For those who can bike commute, that is a great alternative when you don’t have to leave the office that day (need your car). When I ride to work it takes me 80-90 minutes and I am exhilarated, PLUS I get to ride home, too. Can’t do it often but I love it when I can.

If you have to drive, enroll in ‘Drivetime U’. I heard this phrase from Darren Hardy in The Compound Effect. Instead of listening to music or the news, I started by listening to Darren’s book on disc. I probably listened to the thing four times through before I decided to take that advice and began to explore other audio books. I would download Kindle versions and then use audible for the book being read TO me, many times by the author. Podcasts are another great medium to enjoy while driving. I am ready to launch my first podcast in the near future with what I have learned this way.

Your time at work should be focused with scheduled breaks. Ensure you plan on getting up periodically throughout the day. If your office permits, sneak in a few pushups or stretches when you are up to keep the productive juices flowing. It seems that 90 minutes is about the longest you can truly sustain focus, so stay hydrated and that will help force you to take breaks as well!

Find time for a walk or jog either during lunch or walk if you have a long telephone call and the weather cooperates. You might find yourself a lot more cheerful with an outdoor environment.

If none of these things help, you will want to schedule your time for moving your body. I am not saying work out because I want to be clear that moving your body means just that. Move more than is comfortable. If you don’t even walk, try parking a little further from your destination. If you walk, try adding in thirty seconds of jogging. Add in something that stretches your typical effort.

Whatever you decide to do, make it sustainable. Do something that you can easily do every day. If you find it is too challenging, do less. If it is super easy then do more. Remember that the goal is to find balance in your life. Like Sid Garza-Hillman says in his Approaching the Natural Podcast, take small steps. Don’t expect instant results. Small steps, good habits repeated over time will yield surprising results.

What can you add into your routines that will start you on a path towards a happier life?

 

Sunday morning (in just under 8 hours) I get to run my first half marathon as a plant based athlete. Though I haven’t specifically been training for this, I expect to run it faster than I have ever covered the distance before. If not, that is okay, but I feel SO good running on plants that I feel like the sky is the limit, even at age 46.

My first half marathon was the year after my mom died at age 54 from complications related to morbid obesity. That first race at 1:54 or so is my fastest out on a road (treadmill is easier). I cried during that race wishing she could have enjoyed what I was doing. I felt like she was watching from that point around mile eight and finished growing progressively faster each mile. I am going to put on a show for Mom tomorrow.

My wife Lynn, will be running the half tomorrow. She has been training for it and I expect her to be pleased with her results. It is a cool event called the Lost Dutchman. They have a variety of distances. I have done the marathon twice, I think 2006 & 2008, but never the half. It should be low to mid fifties at 7:11 sunrise and the race will be fast and cool.

Think happy thoughts and I will see you all at the finish!

Mark

@mochavegan