Book: Instant Recess: Building a Fit Nation 10 Minutes at a Time

yanceyThis book summarizes the obstacles to a fit country, with an empowering solution.  We live in a time where we are coming to question “the way things are done” and this book provides good examples of how our collective habits are causing collective harm.  But instead of being full of scare tactics, it’s full of success stories and solutions.

Lessons for Yogis:

1.) When we look at the current health problems in the country, such as obesity, it’s important to consider physical activity as well as diet.  Despite what we’ve learned over the past 40 years or so, we are more inactive than ever, and while unhealthy food products are a big component, we can’t ignore the need to move. In fact, practices like yoga can help you make better dietary choices.

2.)  The goal is to create opportunities for physical activity in the settings we frequent already… ideally, with top-down policy changes.  Imagine having breaks during your work day for taking a walk, doing a few sun salutations, or dancing!   Incorporating movement into daily life makes it more likely that we’ll keep it up, especially if our peers are participating and our bosses are on board.  No matter what, we can try to add exercise to habits we already have in place.

3.) “Instant Recess” is the idea of brief, low-impact physical activity that can be done as a group. How about doing yoga with your church community? With your co-workers? Yoga is accessible to everyone and can be beneficial to everyone. We are learning that small bouts of activity, broken up throughout the day, are good for you — probably better than hitting the gym in the morning and sitting still all day and night.

Part of Dr. Toni Yancey’s book is available to sample through kindle, and that’s what I read first.  On amazon you can do the same – or get the whole book for yourself!

I found out about this book through some things Dr. Yancey said in  an NPR interview.

Here’s a site on bringing Instant Recess to your workplace.

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