The Last Furlong

Comments on the race of life.

Doing it differently – taking to the floor


When us Furlongs were down in Bedfordshire, we drove a Toyata MR2. It was hell. It was hell to get into because the seats are about pavement level. It was more hellish to get OUT of. Something’s gone wrong with our knees and feet. No flexibility. None. Can’t get down, can’t get up.

But I’m going to try a new thing.

I’m not a person that likes exercise. I love just sitting. Sitting is my best thing – lying down is good too. But I need to get more flexible with the least effort.

I thought this was quite inspirational for MY type. I might try it. I might simply sit on the floor…..

“Standing work stations are clearly a good idea and I have fashioned one for myself.  But what is too much standing? We all know that people whose jobs require constant standing like restaurant servers and factory workers are often plagued with varicose veins. Is there a balance to be struck here?”

This is a great question.

So, we’ve got a situation where sitting constantly is creating disease and standing constantly is creating disease.  Do you see the theme?  Although the research and media are going to probably miss the boat on this one, the problem isn’t the sitting (or the standing, for that matter), but the constant and continuous use of a single position.  Even this question smacks of someone from a North American and European perspective.  As if sitting is bad and standing is bad, the only option left must be lying down.  As if there is only three choices to how you position your body.  As if there isn’t about a thousand different ways you could position your body.

Believe it or not, the positions you are able to get your body in were learned via observation.  Our culture’s use of chairs and toilets, our beliefs in what our posture means to others (think of women who cross their legs and adjust their heads to demure or men who jut their chests and flex their elbows to communicate authority), and even our clothing (rigid shoes, narrow skirts for women, etc.) have all resulted in self-induced joint-rigidity.  All the movements you have never done are movements that would have toned muscle, keeps connective tissues moist and supple, and blood oxygen flowing evenly, to all areas of the body.  Instead, we have huge chunks of unused muscles, bones scraping together at the joints and increasing friction (causing osteoarthritis) and we are constantly medicating to make living possible in our physical agony.  This all sounds pretty depressing, I know, but the totally awesome, super-cool and exciting thing is it can be different whenever you’re ready.


Author: thelastfurlong

I'm someone also pounding the Path, just like you.. I'm retired, going into Old Age and loving my life. I'm hoping to remain happy and well for as long as possible. Old Age is not SO bad - yet!

3 thoughts on “Doing it differently – taking to the floor

  1. The greatest precursor, IMHO, to an early demise is continually worrying about how long you are going to live.

    Similarly with fitness and flexibility, you only need to be as fit and flexible as you need to be. If you need to run for a bus you need to simulate running for a bus, If you want to put your foot behind your head you need to practice putting your foot behind your head.

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    • Ha ha – very true! The Furlongs have a Chrysler PT cruiser – because it’s so deliciously easy to get into and out of. But one wants to be as flexible as possible in different circumstances too. I think.


      • The Flys have an elderly Nissan terrano, good for towing the tin tent. We decided on our joint Christmas present, a smallish chest freezer, nic concentrates in mind, just chucked it in the back. We’ve had some nice cars in the past, the joy of this one is we don’t give a damn about it, car park rash, who cares.

        As too “different circumstances” I’m not going to persue that, ………… snigger.


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