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Beware Your Chair!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Sharing a GREAT blog from the NY Times here...basically enlightened me to the dangers of sitting for long periods of time, which persist EVEN IF YOU WORKOUT!

Check this out:

Stand Up While You Read This!


"Your chair is your enemy.

It doesn’t matter if you go running every morning, or you’re a regular at the gym. If you spend most of the rest of the day sitting — in your car, your office chair, on your sofa at home — you are putting yourself at increased risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, a variety of cancers and an early death. In other words, irrespective of whether you exercise vigorously, sitting for long periods is bad for you."

One of the things I've noticed since losing weight is that I get restless when I sit for very long and am often fidgeting...drives my DW CRAZY! Uh oh...looks like I've found valid justification... :-)

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  • XENA1956
    If I don't move around every 15 mins or so my toes go to sleep. I know you should get up and mover around no less than every 30 mins. Thanks for the get info.
    3011 days ago
    I try to get up and move every so often, whenever I am stuck needing to sit for long periods i.e. job, driving, etc. I just get so stiff and achy if I dont.

    I think if I had a desk job in an office and I was a boss, I would institute "dance breaks" and every so often during the day just fire up the music and get everyone up to dance!
    3011 days ago
    I also am a fidgety sitter. I must stand up and walk in place every little while.
    3011 days ago
    Yeah I have to sit, and sit, and sit some more at my job. I am always trying to find ways to get up and move about. Hate sitting. In fact most days I stand in my kitchen and spark standing up. LOL.
    3012 days ago
    I try to get up and move during the day, fortunately my job requires me to do a certain amount of running around!
    3012 days ago
    no question...since I moved away from working on my feet as a chef about 15 years ago and into office/desk work...there is no question my body has taken the biggest hit of it's life. More walking, less Sitting....new mantra...Thanks Don! Ryan
    3012 days ago
    I have read something about this before. It has made me aware that I need to get up from that chair more often.
    3012 days ago
    Yep I recognize that too....restless that's why I take the stairs when going to another colleague on a different floor and have put my water cooker in the kitchen in stead of at my desk. That way I have to get up.
    3012 days ago
    Rather than be discouraged because I sit a lot at work, I'm going to take the attitude that we do what we can where we can and that's all we can do. In my list of priorities, sitting on my stool at the end of the exam table at work or talking on the phone with patients is pretty important. So I try to make up for it by exercising, taking the stairs, and parking further away. I'm not going to worry about it because isn't excessive worry bad for you??? I guess I could always take up gum chewing...
    3012 days ago
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