We have really taken this to heart in our home. A few simple lifestyle changes have kept us feeling well, even when time is short and intentional movement has taken a place on the back burner. Our kitchen table & chairs are virtually unused. We still have family meals; but, we do it sitting on the floor around a low coffee table. We have a counter height desk that allows for sitting or standing at the computer. Lastly - and having the greatest impact - the sofa (which used to be squarely in front of our television) is up against the wall. What is left in front of the television is nothing but FLOOR.
At this point in our conversation in class I was asked, "how do you watch TV?" Well, I sit on a bolster or pillow in a supported squat. I will prop my hips up on a yoga block and do a psoas release and then a cobbler stretch. I will lie with my head on a foam yoga block or bolster. I will sit criss-cross-applesauce & do a posterior arm reach, or lie on the bolster and do floor angels. I get my Restorative Exercise™ in while I indulge my movie habit.
She finished my sentence, "...because then you change position and MOVE."
The light bulb went on!!
You didn't lose the ability to get up and down off of the ground with ease in just a day (and it isn't going to take just a day to get it back); however, if you did that one thing every day you would create and maintain a body that has the strength and flexibility to lift itself up off of the ground with ease. That's not a small thing.*
*check out this study on the ability to get up and down off of the floor as a mortality predictor
At the start of the year, Katy did a 30 day challenge (check it out). Day one was "Sit down on the floor *right now*. Count to 30. Get back up again. The end. YOU’RE ALREADY NAILING IT THIS YEAR!"
Just get down!
A quick tour of Katy Bowman's "furniture free" house.