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Sustaining Executive Performance: How the New Self-Management Drives Innovation, Leadership, and a More Resilient World by Steven MacGregor

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6. MOVE

When I see someone at their desk all day, it’s suspicious how they pretend to work.

Tom Kelley

We were born to move. Scientists have found that our ancestors moved up to 12 miles per day. Every day. Why? It is perhaps fairly obvious on reflection that they moved to survive, either to hunt for food or escape from predators. I’m not sure what would be the worse ending from not moving—starving to death or being eaten alive by a sabre toothed tiger!

So movement is in our DNA. It is part of the survival imperative, yet what happens today is that we sit. All day. Every day. This has garnered much attention in the medical profession in recent years; doctors call the phenomena sitting disease. The Washington Post brought much of this research ...

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