In a sense, we are all still hunter-Gatherers and, although we can’t replicate our natural habitat entirely, we can optimise our lives to fit into the modern constraints we face.
We have more in common with our cave men ancestors than we do differences. Like it or not, our physiology hasn’t changed much since we were hunting and gathering. With the onset of both the Industrial and Digital revolutions, our daily lives look very different to even a few hundred years ago. There are many perks with the modern age – but there are also many downfalls. Our health problems may not be as visible or dramatic as plagues, pox and gangrene, but there’s ample data illustrating the negative impact that sedentarism has.
It is not hard to predict that employers will become increasing under scrutiny as more and more research emphasises the need to combat a sedentary lifestyle and to maintain health. The focus will no doubt be on them to ensure that the workplace is offering solutions to combat sedentarism as it’s the place most people spend the majority of their lives.
There are many times we can be more active and the choice to move is presented to us throughout our day - carrying shopping bags to the car instead of pushing the trolley, walking to a bus stop further away, taking the stairs. Bear in mind that exercise is a modern invention and we can gain a lot by adding a bit of activity into everything we do - small changes in behaviour are incredibly effective in the long run even if they feel insignificant compared to an hour at Crossfit.
The little free time we have at home throughout the week can often become an excuse to relax passively in front of a screen and not do much of anything. However, we can make a few minimal changes and tweak our lifestyle to ensure that we’re incorporating more movement without sacrificing more of our free time.
Some of the areas covered in an assessment:
Quality of life indicators
Sources of pollution