I've written at length of the many health issues caused by our modern day sedentism, particularly in the ReWild Yourself! Dispatch on Primal Movement. As ReWilders — reawakening the human animal — we strive to move daily, increasing our mobility and avoiding extended periods of sitting. We understand that natural movement is fundamental to being human.
Sadly, it seems that many modern humans are moving in the opposite direction — moving less and less, decreasing in mobility and staying seated for most of their days. Without further ado, I'd like to introduce you to the latest and greatest in the doldrums of domestication and the fragilis award of this New Moon in Aquarius: The Stay-in-Bed-All-Day Desk. No longer is it necessary to rise from sleep to prepare for your day and head to your cubicle! Now you can simply roll over and grab your in-bed desk that allows you to remain immobile in your comfy bed while you tap away at the keyboard and stare into the glowing screen.
Let's use this unfortunate invention as motivation to set up an optimal work station for ourselves! Awhile back, I posted a video of my personal work station with tips on how you can optimize yours.
Since then have any of you set up a standing desk, added a brachiation bar above your desk or otherwise improved your work habitat? Do you already have an awesome set-up? I'd love to see and hear about your ideas! If you are still spending most of your day in a chair, what can you do to improve your work station? Share with us in the comments below!
Every New Moon, we will be awarding a fragilis award to our favorite person, product, procedure, etc. that represents the deepest depths of domestication!
WHAT EXACTLY IS A FRAGILIS?
I propose a re-designation of ourselves from the currently accepted H. sapiens sapiens to the newHomo sapiens domesticofragilis — meaning wise, fragile, domesticated man. Of course, at first glance this appears tongue-in-cheek, as if I were simply making a sarcastic quip. However, closer examination of the data indicates that when compared against still intact foraging peoples, we moderns are quite fragile indeed. Be it the lack of physical robustness — a distinctly reduced ability to tolerate temperature extremes for example — or simply our tendency towards early degeneration — the diseases of civilization, i.e. diabetes, cancer, heart disease, etc. — modern humans are undeniably far more delicate than our ancestors. While some might argue that domesticogracilis would be more fitting, again I would assert that it is fragility that characterizes us, as gracility implies a kind of gracefulness that is not indicative of most "moderns".