“Sedentary Fitness,” this new age post-pandemic wellness mantra sounds more like an oxymoron, but it’s a much bigger reality and needs more attention than ever right now!
With the pandemic hitting hard and working from home becoming a new normal, life has come to a standstill and moving has become more of a luxury than a necessity. Thus, increased consumption of comfort foods that satiate emotional hunger more than real hunger.
Plus, sedentary life indoors and the blurry lines between sleep time and wake time have become the new way of life, this time not by choice but by chance! The health risks associated with this lifestyle require a different perspective, while a sedentary lifestyle continues to be the new normal. So, the new fitness mantra had to be something that fits into the lifestyle of every home and fits the new sedentary life of humans. Thus, sedentary fitness has become a necessity driven by the demand of the hour.
The pandemic-induced lifestyle has left us with no choice but to find ways to balance food and activity in a way that promotes health, even in a sedentary mode. So, it is important to see health from a whole new point of view where the focus is absolutely necessary on how food can be used as medicine and where many activities can still be incorporated even in an inner lifestyle. sedentary. This understanding must go beyond the existing understanding of maintaining health to delving into the causes of disease in the first place.
According to the philosophy of Ayurveda and Yoga, almost all lifestyle-related health issues are considered to be the result of an internally dirty and highly toxic bodily environment that blocks internal channels and disrupts the functioning of organ systems within. the origin of diseases. So, a diet that can help keep the body clean by promoting the elimination of toxins and a lifestyle that incorporates strategic movements even in a sedentary mode is the new fitness mantra!
Foods to Support Sedentary Fitness
The approach to eating that promotes health even in a sedentary mode is one that leaves a minimal toxic load on the body and is highly digestible. This approach to food is medicinal and different from the ideology of the calorie restriction approach. At a fundamental level, diseases manifest themselves due to overload in the body and minimizing this overload with good food choices is the way to go when it comes to sedentary fitness.
The macrobiotic dietary approach supports this way of eating by maintaining a minimal toxic load on the body with choices made from whole, natural foods. This approach helps to maintain a good balance between metabolism and elimination with high fiber, low glycemic index food choices as part of your eating plan.
To promote a clean internal body condition for sedentary fitness, the macrobiotic approach to eating recommends the consumption of plant-based, whole and unrefined foods, including a variety of whole grains, beans, vegetables. , nuts, seeds and soups. The inclusion of whole grains such as oats, brown rice, barley or millet adds fiber to the body which helps flush out toxins.
Pain relieving herbs such as ginger promote circulation and help keep the body in a state of fluidity avoiding stagnation. It helps fight inflammatory conditions which cause unexplained aches and pains in the body. High omega 3 nuts support the elasticity of blood vessels, while pumpkin seeds protect body tissue and the elasticity of veins and joints.
While it is important to incorporate such medicinal foods into the diet, it is just as important to get rid of processed, refined and store-bought foods and to consume more foods cooked at home. Such foods create a clogging and toxic condition in the body leading to internal blockages.
Movement practices that support sedentary fitness
Gentle body movements are therapeutic in nature and keep the body supple, clean and fluid from within. Often times, movement is confused with exercise. Although exercise is a form of movement, incorporating strategic movements that improve circulation or create a simulation effect on organs can go a long way in supporting health, even in a sedentary lifestyle. Practicing a few rounds of Surya Namaskar each morning opens the internal flow and allows circulation to reach all parts of the body.
Creating friction on the skin with a body oil practice such as Abhyanga mentioned in Ayurveda is another effective way to induce movement related to circulation in the body. For people who spend most of their lives sitting in a chair in telecommuting mode, simple practices like midsection twists can go a long way in supporting digestive health and unlocking the action to flush out toxins. With diligent and regular yoga practice, one can keep the body detoxified regularly, which helps to keep the body clean and to flow freely from within.
Sedentary fitness is all about strengthening the fundamentals of health, including excellent circulatory health, clean body condition, and excellent elimination so that the body does not retain toxins that become factors of disease in subsequent years.
First publication: STI