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No sit challenge

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

I got my copy of Runner's World yesterday. Huge article on how sitting is as bad for your body as smoking. Basically your fat stores kick in and your glucose is not being used for fuel. Circulation problems can also be noted. Basically your active body resembles a couch potato's.....really? Sitting as much as three hours a day can take some years off your life even if you are active. Typically during the school year I am running around like crazy or at least standing during classes rather than sitting.

Lately (due to a lot of studying) I have found myself sitting a lot more than I am used to. My legs have been retaining water and I am not feeling my best at all. Couch potato? I kinda feel like. All the miles on the spin bike, all the lifting, swimming, etc....right out the window? I don't think so:)

At school I have a perch that I use when I check my email, type plans, etc. So at home I am going to create one too. I have used our washer before and that works, but not if I am using it:)
So today
*I am going to create a stand up desk.
*I am going to be mindful of how much I sit, yes even commuting. I only have three hours. Gotta make the most of those hours.
* I am going to make more of an effort to get the pups out for a walk. I have been using the weather as an excuse to not take them. Just using good judgement before I take them.

Anyone wanna join in the challenge? How will you make more of an effort to stand while doing tasks, working, helping someone with a chore?
20 minutes is up, time to stand awhile:)
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    What are you studying for?? Are you still taking classes?? For some reason I thought those were finito?? Are you doing something new??
    1494 days ago
    Interesting. I'm going to try to minimize my sitting time. Should help me get steps on my Fitbit!
    1505 days ago
    Hmmm....bad news.....I need to drive to VA....3-4 straight days of sitting in a car all day!
    1505 days ago
    I have read that too
    1506 days ago
    I have read a few articles on this subject. My cube faces a guy three feet from me, it's awkward when I stand to work but I do it often, especially if he is at a meeting.

    I walk around the buiding several times a day and take two 15-min walking breaks at work. Today will be busy but you have given me a reminder to make moving around as much a priority as the work.

    1506 days ago
    Definitely something to think about. We have stone floors at home, and spending too much time standing is hard on my legs and back, so I actually sit a lot and never considered it bad, since I workout so much. So this will be a tough challenge. Thanks for sharing.
    1506 days ago
  • DARLY55
    Unfortunately, I have to sit on my job, but I am up and down a lot! Lots of squats!
    But when I am home, I need to make an effort not to sit so much- again, when I am not working at home! Tough challenge for me!
    Great points!
    1506 days ago
    I will give standing at my desk a try.
    1506 days ago
    I received my copy too! Funny that last week, I did all the meetings standing ( in front when I was the chair or the committee or in the back when I just had to attend!)
    I was thinking of posting it in our GO the Distance Team!
    Maybe you will have more member joining you than you think...

    I am in for sure!!! Thanks for sharing...
    1506 days ago
    I would love to know how you'll be creating a stand up desk - I've priced them before and they are expensive. Please share your plan for set up - if you don't mind. thanks! Pat
    1506 days ago
    I find this interesting. I will join your challenge.. first I want to study my life to see how often and how many times after doing something strenuous that I am sitting and for how long. Thanks for this!!
    1506 days ago
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