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Energy Metabolism: Move Only When You Must, Rest When You Can

In order for us to better understand how our bodies function, we should examine it with historical perspective regarding the physical demands of the surrounding environment. Physical activity was required in order to find food, which is essential for survival. As successful hunting was never ensured, alternating times of feast and famine were normal in ancient jungle camps. Similarly, the...

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The story of a seat: from a sign of authority to a sign of equality

Sitting is not only an "action". Historically sitting has been associated with power. In many languages, the verb "to sit" is even used as part of references to positions of power. The "sitting president", "chairman", or "chairman of the meeting" describe positions and power rather than the actual act of sitting. These examples also describe how the act and tradition...

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Where do your sitting hours come from?
Where in the world do all those hours of sitting actually come from? Our hours of sitting quickly add up to a shocking total because so much of our life revolves around sitting.
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Fibion.com-Why too much sitting is so bad for your health? Read three reasons.
Why sitting is bad for your health? Read three reasons.

Perspective from under your skin What exactly is so unhealthy about sitting that this daily habit of ours has caused significant interest during the past years? When you sit down in your comfortable office chair or onto your sofa at home, your body shifts into a resting state, and blissful serenity fills your mind. Your coffee cup steams on the table...

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Fibion.com-The First Steps to the Everyday Exercise Revolution (Part 4)
The First Steps to the Everyday Exercise Revolution (Part 4)

The current fitness ideals strive for perfection. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but the truth is that most of us travel on a scale somewhere between perfection and lousiness unable to keep up with extreme demands. In the event that striving for perfection makes you depressed, I want you to embrace your normality/averageness. I want you to do...

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Fibion.com-The First Steps to the Everyday Exercise Revolution (Part 2)
The First Steps to the Everyday Exercise Revolution (Part 3)

The modern work culture thinks our bodies are a joke. The worst enemies for everyday exercise are our chairs, cars, televisions, computer, elevators, escalators, and our overall busy lives. Has our innate need for comfort selected a sitting society as its undisputed favorite way to live? There are, fortunately, many friends of everyday activity including: bicycles, sidewalks, trails by lakes,...

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Fibion.com-The First Steps to the Everyday Exercise Revolution (Part 3)
The First Steps to the Everyday Exercise Revolution (Part 2)

A growing number of individuals feel it necessary to bridge the gap to a more ecologically friendly lifestyle by embracing natural foods, recycling and using public transportation. Almost everything in our lives can be made more natural or ecologically friendly. Unfortunately, this natural and ecologically friendly way of living is not often connected to that central masterpiece that should be...

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Fibion.com-The First Steps to the Everyday Exercise Revolution (Part 1)
The First Steps to the Everyday Exercise Revolution (Part 1)

“Natural” is the ‘in’ word and current trend. Perhaps the popularity of “natural” stems from a certain form of yearning; yearning for “the old days”, when people lived in harmony with the land and the land was respected and directed our decisions every day. At the same time, this popularity describes our true life. We no longer feel that we are...

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Fibion.com-The Technological Revolution
The Technological Revolution

The mind is smart - it tries to do everything as easily and efficiently as possible. On the other hand, you might say that the mind is lazy, because when given the choice, it usually picks the easiest method for us to live. If technology was developed specifically to make work more difficult or demanding or to consume more of...

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Fibion.com-Sitting is “IN” (Part 4) – The Digital Age
Sitting is “IN” (Part 4) – The Digital Age

The popularity of sitting is not entirely due to how easy it is. The internet, television, and videogames are all available in front of you as soon as you take a seat. Sitting is the gateway to the new digital age - the digital age that has consumed us all. All the knowledge in the world these days can be...

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Fibion.com-Sitting is “IN” (Part 3) – You Can Sit Anywhere and Everywhere
Sitting is “IN” (Part 3) – You Can Sit Anywhere and Everywhere

There is little need for muscle activity these days, but there is just as little opportunity for muscle activity. The sitting position is a dominant, wanted, and suggested position to complete just about anything. Can you even think of standing while in a meeting or waiting your turn at the bank? Sitting is so popular because it is easy, there...

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Fibion.com-Sitting is “IN” (Part 2) – The Past
Sitting is “IN” (Part 2) – The Past

Have you ever thought about how things used to be? Only a few decades ago people walked or biked to work and school. Our grandparents did their work with their hands and their feet, not with their "sitting muscles". Children played outside and climbed trees rather than spending their evenings in front of the television or the computer. Coffee was...

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Fibion.com-Sitting is “IN” (Part 1) – Do You Sit?
#Sitting is “IN” (Part 1) – Do You Sit?

Think for a moment about your typical day. You awake in the morning and sit at the kitchen table for breakfast. Perhaps after that you walk a few meters to your car and drive to work - where you sit. Lunchtime is great because you can take a break from the stress of work and you can get away from...

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Fibion.com-The Wonders of the Digital Age
The #Wonders of the #DigitalAge

What about our free time? Fortunately the amount that people participate in physical activity in their free time has increased, at least according to questionnaires. This has had at least a small positive effect on our bodies that typically suffer from sitting all day. Unfortunately, this is not the whole truth. The more energy that we save from technology and automation,...

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Fibion.com-Have we #forgotten the value of #exercise and its #natural place in our #lives?
Have we #forgotten the value of #exercise and its #natural place in our #lives?
Fibion.com-Aaro’s Journey – From the USA to Everyday Exercise
Aaro’s #Journey – From the USA to #Everyday #Exercise

In September I moved from Washington State in the USA where I lived for 26 years, to Jyväskylä in order to study. In America I drive a lot, as many do. I drove approximately 250 km a week - the drive to school was 25km, the gym 4km and the grocery store 2km. My hobbies included running and mountain biking,...

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Fibion.com-The Motorized Commute – Sedentary Kilometers
The #Motorized #Commute – Sedentary Kilometers

While the decrease in daily energy expenditure in our working environments can explain, in part, the obesity epidemic, the other parts of our daily life are not without blame. At work we sit and move primarily just our fingers, so maybe it is a good idea to increase our daily energy expenditure via our daily commute. Unfortunately, during the last 35...

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Fibion.com-Our Work Days as Caged Monkeys (Part 2) – Changing times
Our Work Days as Caged Monkeys (Part 2) – Changing times

In the 1960s almost half of jobs required moderate physical activity. Nowadays, only 20% of jobs require at least moderate physical activity. It is no surprise that four out of five Finns does their work sitting in front of a screen. These days, making the grade at work is about being smart and less about having endurance, strength and skills. Here...

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