• Nathan Riley, MD

Meat Suit Means

What is the function of this body? If it’s just a meat suit carrying us from point A (birth) to point B (death), we better take care of it. It functions as the caretaker for our goals and ambitions, and, without it, we limit our ability to accommodate these dreams. You shouldn’t strain the muscles in your back while gardening let alone injure your back during an eight hour surgery. If sitting at a desk with hunched shoulders 7 days a week is your end game, then perhaps minimal movement will actually detract from your ability to perform that function. The reality is that I’ve never heard of a physician — or anybody else for that matter — striving for more desk-sitting. If you want to diversify your opportunities to see and enjoy the world, you must diversify your movement. If you can’t move, you can’t explore.

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