One of the big lifestyle changes I’m working on is becoming more active. I’m convinced sitting on my butt all day at an office and at home in front of the TV contributed to my present weight. And I’m not alone in that thinking.
Standing vs. sitting was the topic du jour at my Weight Watchers meeting on Friday. Our bodies evolved to move. Yet the average person remains sedentary for more than half the time they are awake – more than 12 hours. The meeting leader pointed out that the 30 – 45 minutes we spend busting our butts at the gym doesn’t do enough to counteract the detrimental effects of 8, 9, or 10 hours of sitting. Great!
So what exactly are the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle? Oh little things like heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
I did let out a loud chuckle as I sat there listening to the meeting leader talk about the dangers of sitting.
After my outburst, our meeting leader asked us to add up how much time we spend sitting. I estimated that I’m on my tush 6.5 hours a day. Granted that’s a very rough estimate. I know I’m sitting a lot less than when I weighed 325.
Today I’m tracking my sedentary hours in real time. So far I’ve sat for a total of 2 hours and 40 minutes. Mind you, a chunk of that time is spent sitting on an exercise ball while I’m on the computer…so technically that time really shouldn’t count.
I’m on my feet for the next 3-4 hours cleaning and cooking.
For much of the day and afternoon I’m pretty much go-go-go. It’s the evening hours that get tough. I’m usually starting to unwind by working on a knitting project. Sorry, but I just can’t stand and knit.
Sure, I could stand while watching the telly, but that just seems a bit odd. Plus that means curling up on the couch next to the dogs is a no-no.
Nope, I think it makes more sense for me to get more active during the daylight hours.
- Sitting is the New Smoking (windsorchiro.net)
- Attention desk jockeys and couch potatoes! (everybodyneedsalittleromance.com)
- Treadmill and standup desks gaining in popularity (metronews.ca)