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Making the Case for Moving More

Thursday, May 10, 2012

I have read several SPARK articles explaining the hazards of a sedentary lifestyle and the need to move more. It was a real surprise to me to find out that just exercising 30 or more minutes a day just is not enough. I know I am more active now than I have ever been, but I am not where I need to be. I still can sit for long stretches when I am doing computer things, reading, or watching a movie. Not good. The phrase "sitting is the new smoking" keeps running through my mind, and I know that it is a weak link in my efforts for living healthy. I know that I need to be aware of too much sitting, but, until just now, I didn't have any specific guidelines in mind.

Today I came across a link for an interview and an article about Gretchen Reynold, Phys Ed columinst at NYTimes and author of The First 20 Minutes, whereby she explains why sitting down for long periods of time is unhealthy and how standing up for two minutes every twenty minutes has consequences like increasing calories burned.
I am thinking that this would be a good book to read from cover to cover, but, for now, I can easily follow the basic guideline of standing up for two minutes every twenty minutes. It doesn't get any easier than that!

My 20 minutes of sitting is up, and I am moving on (at least two minutes!).

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  • REJ7777
    That very good information to have! emoticon
    2142 days ago
    Thanks for sharing! I spend way too much time sitting - and with poor circulation to begin with, it's not good at all!

    2142 days ago
    At an old company, I had a small program on my work pc that would play a noise and lock my computer for 5 minutes every 30 minutes. That's because office ergonomics say that you should take a 5 minute break from your computer every 30 minutes to rest your eyes and walk around. I need to find that program again!
    2143 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/11/2012 12:42:02 AM
    Certainly interesting. I do wonder if there's some specific difference in standing up than doing some active arm movement or under-desk chair marching. It didn't sound like it, but couldn't tell.
    2143 days ago
    You've got to move it move it.
    2143 days ago
    Hmmm--this will add more fuel to my commitment to stand up & walk around at least once an hour. I have a reminder programmed into my computer at work. Unfortunately I ignore it too many times! But I'm getting better at doing it.

    Regarding the bullet points at the end: yay for walking! emoticon
    2143 days ago
    I like that phrase, "sitting is the new smoking."
    Thanks for sharing this information.
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    2143 days ago
    Very interesting. Thank you for sharing!! emoticon
    2143 days ago
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