I work in an office. Sitting at a desk. Eight hours a day.
I feel like I should stand up in some support group to announce that.
Before I worked where I am now, I worked part-time at an auction hall. I love antiques and auctions, so it was a good fit for me. But they couldn't pay much and when I got offered this job I took it.
At the auction hall, I was carrying boxes up stairs, unpacking, cleaning, setting up for sales, etc. I was moving. A Lot.
Then I started my career as an office manager/secretary/marketing coordinator/data entry specialist/... well, you get the point. When I first started on the job it was HARD to sit for even an hour at a time. I wasn't used to it.
Then it got easier.
Then I gained about 80 pounds.
I joined Spark almost a year ago and was doing really well with my exercise minutes until about Christmas time. I got busy, then we got a puppy (a SMALL puppy who thinks she needs to be under someone's feet at all times) and I let my routine slide away into nonexistence.
I've been trying to figure out how to work fitness in around the puppy. The treadmill is out for now because it's right in our living room and if Aggie got tangled up with it, it could really hurt her. Walking outdoors in northern New York this time of the year is dangerous, especially where I live. Our road is a designated snowmobile trail and we have no shoulders on our road even in the summer, so mix cars/trucks/snowmobiles and me together and I'll come out on the bottom. Probably being scraped off of someone's sled track.
So... experiment. While it's not really fitness, per se, I have been thinking about standing more during my day at work. So I'm using boxes under my keyboard, mouse and moniter, raising them up to standing height and working like that.
So far so good. After the first day of standing for two hours I could feel a difference. Yesterday I stood for three - and I feel great. I swear I can feel a difference in my core- like I'm already tightening up.
I know it may not seem like a lot, but if I keep this up, it can make a huge difference in my health as I get older - and I ain't no spring chicken now.
As soon as I figure out the correct height for everything, I'm going to commission my brother in law to build a raised wooden desktop that I can easily put on and take off my desk.
So, yay me!!
This morning, really wanting to just get a little fitness in, I hiked up and down our stairs for five minutes. Whooo. Stairs suck. *nods* But it felt good and even that five minutes got my heart going. I carried the puppy some of the time and the rest of the time she sat at the top of the stairs crying. She can go upstairs by herself but hasn't gotten the nerve to try the downstairs thing. LOL
I think I'm going to make the stair climbing part of my weekday morning routine. Let's see how long it takes me to get up to 10 minutes!
Anyway, we're not getting the worst of that northeast storm. We're forecasted to get up to a foot, but in these parts, that's almost a normal winter day.
Stay safe, stay happy, stay motivated, and have a great weekend, friends!