Well this article doesn’t mince words – http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/21/health/sitting-will-kill-you/
Nor does this one – https://hbr.org/2013/01/sitting-is-the-smoking-of-our-generation/
There are hundreds, if not thousands of these articles coming out.
While we don’t know the exact amount of sitting a day that could be considered “safe” it’s fairly easy to guess that most of us likely are exceeding that amount.
I started to think about the hours spent on my tush, and the reality is…. I’m sitting more than any other position, including laying down to sleep!
8 hours at work
1 hour, roughly, in the car
2 hours of screen time at home – don’t judge: online shopping, writing, researching, etc.
1 hour for meals or coffee
I don’t think that I am outside the “norm” for those of us that work in an office environment.
I have tried to get up as much as possible. Drinking a lot of water helps ;). I also like to get up to talk to coworkers – 9x out of 10, jokes are funnier in person than through email or instant messenger.
Recently, I was inspired by a fitness minded co-worker and purchased a small elliptical. It was the best decision! I feel SO MUCH BETTER. You can find the exact one here.
Not to toot my own horn, but I am averaging over 30 miles a day while at my desk. It sounds like a ton, but I am doing this off an on for EIGHT hours, so it adds up-over 150 miles a week!! I really had no idea how much I would enjoy this guy, or the amount of miles I could log. It’s AWESOME, and I feel so much more energized. I’m thinking about buying another to put under my home desk as well.
Stamina In-Motion Elliptical Trainer
Even those that are not in the office environment should pay attention to the amount of time they are sitting. It truly adds up quickly – between the car, computer, phone time, and even a ton of “activities”, can and likely, are being done in a chair. So, get up and move when you can!
This may not seem like the most likely post for mid-May in South Texas.
But, with the rainy weather, May being an impossibly busy month, and my recent cough due to sleep deprivation and too much stress, I grabbed from my stash of Bone Broth in the freezer to start this crazy work week off on the right foot.
So many more people are going the all-natural route in trying to head off the sickies, and one of the easiest and most comforting ways to do so is with a large cup of salted bone broth. I can tell you, this stuff is MAGIC in a cup.
I got the idea in my head that I wanted to make broth right after getting back from Colorado last year and reading about this amazing stuff. I called around to several grass-fed ranchers to inquire about purchasing bones. You would have thought I was asking to buy a white unicorn!
Finally, I spoke with a simply lovely woman who informed me that she would be having a one-year-old calf butchered for her family in the next month and would happily sell me the bones. No one had ever asked them for bones before.
During this month, while I waited for my calf bones, I went to Whole Foods and purchased a bison femur bone (They did not have any beef bones in stock). So happy I made that first batch! After that, we were completely hooked on broth.
Mrs. GrassFedCattleRancher called me back when the calf was ready, and we chatted for a while on the phone. She was curious about what I was doing with the bones, and we set up a time for me to collect my stash.
That Saturday, we set off on the bone gathering pilgrimage. When I got there, Mrs. GrassFedCattleRancher was working on her very first batch of Bone Broth. She told me after our conversation she decided to give it a whirl. When we chatted I mentioned the benefits that I had directly experienced, which included happier tummy, happier husband’s tummy, more energy, and improved skin. My skin looked like I had aged 25 years after 6 rounds of chemo.
Those bones made the best broth! After a few batches of broth, I wanted to make sure that we did not run out. I called Mrs. GrassFedCattleRancher and set up another pickup. This time her daughter would meet me in town. When I met her daughter, she literally thanked me. She told me her parents are totally amazed at what the broth has done for them. In fact ,her father, who had suffered from arthritis for decades is no longer taking his daily handful of Advil. He drinks bone broth every day, and believes it has completely changed him.
It was the best feeling to know that I had turned this couple onto bone broth, and that he was no longer putting a handful of Advil through his body every day!
Just type in “Benefits of Bone Broth” into Google and you will get:
About 469,000 results (0.27 seconds)
Here is my super simple Bone Broth recipe:
3 to 5 pounds grass-fed beef bones (soup bones) and/or knuckle bone
½ cup raw apple cider vinegar (ACV)
3 celery stalks,
3 carrots, halved
3 onions, quartered
Sachet of herbs (parsley, peppercorns, thyme, rosemary, Bay leaf, etc)
Roast Bones at 400 for 30 minutes to 1 hour until fragrant
In a large stock or crock pot place roasted bones, and pour in cool filtered water to cover, Add your apple cider vinegar. Do not heat yet.
Allow mixture to rest for 30 minutes to an hour. This will allow the vinegar to pull the nutrients from bones.
Bring the pot to a boil, and add more water if needed
Reduce to a low simmer, cover, and cook for 24-72 hours – just leave it going!
With about four hours remaining, add the vegetables
During the last 30 minutes of cooking, toss in the herb sachet
Remove bones, veggie, and herb sachet (knock out any remaining marrow back into broth)
Pour broth through a strainer or cheese cloth into a glass container
Drink with generous amounts of quality Himalayan or Celtic salt, or use in any recipe calling for broth, stock, or added water.
The broth can be consumed immediately and stored in the fridge up to 5 to 7 days. You can also store in the freezer up to 6 months. We like to freeze into ice cubes so we can pop them in a mug to reheat when needed.
When reheating, bring broth back up to boiling for one minute. Enjoy!