I’m curious because with both my job and my 2nd job/hobby running these blogs you can imagine that I spend a fair amount of time. Add a little tv/movie time once in a while, coffee with friends and you’ll quickly notice that a large portion of your life is now spent being seated. At least, that’s the case for me. And it’s certainly something that makes me worry. Why?
The stats against being seated so much are rather convincing.
An Australian study concluded that every hour spent watching tv reduced men’s life expectancy by 22 minutes, while it was only slightly better for women. There are dozens of articles that explain exactly why that is the case but I think that most of us already know. It’s not some kind of bad luck that kids are not as shape these days. It’s a result of 2 very simple problems: poor eating and lack of exercise. I would say that being seated is a major part of the exercise problem.
What Can Be Done About It?
I am absolutely trying to do my best even though it will probably need to be done a few small steps at a time.
-Getting up frequently (good for both my shape, my eyes, etc)
-Finding excuses to take a walk: lunch time, a break, going out for 10 minutes (even if it means staying 10 minutes later at the end of the day) can have a big impact on the workweek
-Adding a “standing” desk to my home office: this is still very much a project but one that I’d love to get done. I spend enough time working from home that adding a physically active aspect would be amazing:
-More sports: the challenge is finding the right times but I do think that adding a few more tennis and/or running times per month would help make a lot of difference
-Less tv: reducing the number of tv shows that I watch would clearly have a big time impact
What About You? Have You Been Spending Enough Time Exercising