It’s no longer news that sitting is bad for us. In fact, it’s common knowledge that sitting has become the new smoking. And hopefully by now after years of me screaming from the rooftops, you now know that standing isn’t much better. Sedentary is the new smoking, not just sitting. The key to better health and sustained energy levels throughout the day is movement. But with a pandemic keeping us all stuck at home, wildfires and poor air quality keeping us trapped indoors, and the world basically going to s*&@, it’s hard to think about getting off the couch or the desk chair, nevermind consistently moving all day long.
In today’s episode I chat with world renowned fitness expert, biohacking guru, and multiple NYT bestselling author Ben Greenfield, whose work has been featured in Men’s Health, The Huffington Post, Shape magazine, NBC, CBS, the Joe Rogan show, and countless other media outlets. Ben is an ex-bodybuilder, Ironman triathlete, Spartan racer, coach, speaker, and New York Times Bestselling author including his latest book Boundless: Upgrade Your Brain, Optimize Your Body, and Defy Aging. In this conversation Ben shares his many unique tools and tips for sneaking movement into your day (no matter how many hours you spend trapped behind a computer). His knowledge and enthusiasm for human performance and human optimization is electrifying, and his simple, no-nonsense approach is accessible from couch potatoes and workstation warriors all the way to professional athletes…and everything in between.
If you’re feeling unmotivated and exhausted by the relentless downturn of the world, this conversation will refuel your energy and give you the spark, the strategies, and the tools you need to bring your body back online and get moving again.
[Disclaimer: This episode is pulled from the Fitness In Post archives as it was one of my most popular episodes (and it was recorded years before there was a pandemic), but the information and inspiration is even more relevant today.]
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Here’s What You’ll Learn: How to avoid low back pain that comes from sitting in a chair or standing for long periods of time. Ben’s favorite tools to put in your office to encourage movement. The most effective way to give yourself an energy boost when you’re tired. HINT: It’s not coffee! How Ben stays active on an airplane and how you can apply it to your desk job. What is “greasing the groove” and how will it improve your fitness and energy levels? Ben’s strategy of setting “fitness rules” to incorporate more movement throughout the day. (This is also how he trained for World’s Toughest Mudder Race) Are micro workouts more effective than longer workouts? The results are IN! Ben’s workout options for beginner’s starting from square one. Why you should be taking cold showers. Unique and little known ways to increase brain power and creativity. How to use light to hack your energy levels. Useful Resources Mentioned: Sitting Is Killing You, But Standing Isn’t the Answer (And Neither Is Exercise)’
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