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Our fast lifestyle

Unser schneller Lebensstil

 

Nowadays we have a lifestyle characterized by a lack of exercise. In contrast to the active hunter-gatherer lives of our ancestors, we spend most of our time sitting down. Whether we drive to work by car or public transport, sit at the desk, drive home, and end the day on the couch in front of the TV with a beer or a glass of wine. At the same time, our lifestyle is also determined by much more speed. Since the beginning of the new millennium, communication technology has developed rapidly in the 1990s, the worldwide triumph of e-mail and the Internet began. Until then, communication was by letter, fax or telephone. The advantages of WhatsApp or SMS are obvious, but it also means that we are available 24/7 and that everyone, our loved ones, friends or business partners, expects an immediate response to anything and everything. And that can be really exhausting!in!

Well, we can't go back in time and rejoin King Arthur when the day was less fast-moving. You waited patiently for the next dragon to be killed or for the messenger who came on horseback and handed you the new agenda for the next meeting of the Round Table. There was time to improve your sword skills and time to cook and bake. It is of course true that our lifestyle, ie. our daily activities and diet, has changed over time, but studies clearly show that our lifestyle affects our physical and mental well-being. And as is so often the case, it is in our hands every day to make our lives a little bit better. 

Every day we try to reconcile family and work and of course only have limited time windows for everything. Unfortunately, this often means that a balanced diet takes a backseat. Instead, a to-go culture has developed, with no regular meals. I'm just saying: impulsive eating! Today we know that a balanced diet supports our intestinal flora and is beneficial for our health and our immune system. Of course, you have to deal with it a little, i.e. invest time, but on the other hand, an unbalanced diet and irregular meals demonstrably increase the risk of illness. So maybe it would be better to grab an apple than a donut. And if you really need to be in a hurry and there is absolutely no time to cook, many supermarkets have good healthy alternatives to take away, such as salads or freshly sliced fruit. When there is time to cook, it doesn't always have to be meat. Fish Friday at Grandma and Grandpa's wasn't so bad after all.. 

On average, people spend three hours a day in the office reading and processing e-mails and checking their mailbox about 15 times. According to Statistica, spam emails accounted for almost 54% of global email traffic in March 2020. It all sounds pretty uncomfortable. Only one thing helps: just take a deep breath and move away from the computer. Is there something important to discuss? You can just pick up the phone, meet for lunch or drop by your colleagues in the office for a cup of coffee. On the one hand, it's a lot more fun than banging out e-mails, and on the other hand, the personal interaction is (mostly) an enrichment and you get to your goal faster.el.

Sitting sickness actually exists and refers to almost all the consequential damage of our sedentary lifestyle, from back pain to a slowed down metabolism. If you add it all up - the way to work, the time in the office, the way home, the evening on the couch, you can say with confidence that we easily sit nine hours a day. Many thousands of years ago, man developed the upright gait, a truly great step in evolution. The two-legged body is ultimately designed for active movement - Bob Marley's Get up, Stand Up springs to mind. Get out into the fresh air. Exercise lifts the mood in a natural way, because with exercise more endorphins, our happiness hormone, are released. And yet that's the best reason to take the stairs rather than the elevator, or not. Regular exercise also contributes to maintaining a healthy weight and reducing the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.nd Diabetes. 

„Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live. Jim Rohn.n.

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