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Change Your Chair

IMG_9127.JPGMost chairs are a similar height so the difference in the vertical change we make (from standing to sitting) on a daily basis varies little.  Obviously, a taller person has to lower themselves further to sit in a chair than one of shorter stature.

The important point is how often one *varies* the vertical distance traveled. The body habituates itself so well, that it learns and remembers how far away a chair is… And the musculature necessary to accomplish the task quickly adjusts to only whats needed (and little more).

Given enough time and limited movement, even the same chair can become difficult for someone to get into, or get out of.  We’ve all witnessed the elderly struggling to sit and stand…  Truth:  If we don’t use muscle, we lose muscle.

How do you know if you’re headed down the path to losing muscle?  A few clues are sure indicators

1. Using your hands and arms to lift yourself out of a chair

2. Difficulty getting fully straight and upright after sitting.

3. Inability to lower yourself all the eay down into the seat of a chair (*crashing* down the last 1″ or more).

Keep your muscles guessing – and strong – by changing what you sit on as well as where you sit!  Try standing  up more often throughout the day, too.

 

I’m like Peas, my husband’s like Beans

 

New Peas

New Peas

While starting seeds, I noticed something quite fascinating.  Peas are all vertical while germinating – one immediately sees the leaves pushing skyward from the seed.  Much like me, peas are animated and showy, announcing their presence with a ‘Here I am’.

Bean seedlings on the other hand make roots first.  They seem to be dormant and the leaves are much slower to show.  If you had planted the seeds directly, you might think that nothing was happening, when in truth a lot of foundational support is being established.  This is very much like my husband.

What’s also fascinating, is that both Peas and Beans catch up, growing  the right amount of leaves and roots to balance the plant:

The same way that TIME balances people who are married.

Give yourself and your partner the space and patience to become wholly yourselves, it’s worth it!