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Sedentary me

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I've always been someone who was active, at least compared to most of my friends. I was the person who would walk to the grocery store (a mile and a half away) if I just needed teriyaki sauce for dinner that night. emoticon
I was the person who wanted to play catch in the back yard with my brother-in-law to pass some time. I never considered myself an athlete really but I dabbled at a lot of stuff.

As I got older things changed (sound familiar?) My work life became more involved and demanding. I became a better cook and realized I like cooking. I had more money and went out to dinner more, and cooked more (in college my best friend and I would often prepare macaroni & cheese out of a box and share that for two full meals - that was about the limit of my interest in cooking). I wasn't out dancing with friends until 2AM (boy, those were the days) any more. And I no longer weighed 110 pounds.

Yes, over the decades since I've been the classic "weight-creep" person. And when I look at how my activity and life-style has changed I realize that a lot of it has to do with being more sedentary than I used to be. I still walk a lot (compared to my friends) but I drive more than necessary. I have a gym membership & its really easy not to go. So when I read an article about "just keep moving" and thought "I can do this" I decided to try to add 40 minutes of extra movement to my day.

My plan was to set up my yoga mat behind my desk chair so I could stop & do some stretches for 5 minutes a couple of times during the work day. I planned on standing up and marching in place while swinging my arms or maybe doing standing lunges during commercial breaks while watching the tube. That was the plan.

My reality? I pulled out my yoga mat and spread it 3 feet behind my desk on Monday and I haven't used it once. Last night I remembered to stand up during a commercial once & marched in place. I just kept forgetting. emoticon

Boy I have years of concentrated sitting skills that I need to break. Think I'm going to do some yoga RIGHT NOW! emoticon
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    You seem to be on to the right idea to fight sedentary habits! I would just suggest to specify times to break up sedentary periods. I don't know your work schedule or how regulated it is, but if there is, per se, a break time at 10:30 am, take those 5 - 10 minutes to do an exercise.

    I know for myself that in order to implement a new good habit, I have to be VERY specific and consistent for at least 2 weeks before it becomes an official habit. Keep at it :)
    1891 days ago
    Gosh, I soooo hear you here. As we age it's just more work to keep moving it. I have found for me the real key is my pedometer. I am addicted to it and I get my 10,000 steps in everyday. I find myself looking at it and when I haven't gotten the 10,000 in, I get moving! I keep it by my bed and it's the first thing I reach for in the morning. It is with me always!
    Maybe you could get addited to one as well. The next time I go to the states I am going to get the Fit Bit which so many people on sparks like.
    I like your plan though. Becoming aware is the first step. Good for you to take that first step.
    Enjoy the day!
    1891 days ago
    sometimes I feel like the most exercise I got before spark was walking to the fridge! Good idea about the yoga mat, I try (now) to get up and move as much as possible and work out to Leslie Sansone 4 or 5 times a week. All the best on your weight loss!
    1891 days ago
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