Monday, January 21, 2013
Back to Basics: Move it!
Chances are you've probably heard the latest health news that sitting is as dangerous as smoking. Not only is sitting all day bad for your health upping your chances for a stroke, heart disease and a lower metabolism but even if you do an hour of good, hard exercise, it still doesn't negate all of the damage sitting does. One study shows that sitting for 11 or more hours per day increased risk of death by 40 percent, regardless of other activity levels. As a person who works from home and spends a goodly amount of time on her tookus (I said tookus) while doing her hour of exercise, this is quite alarming. It should also alarm people who sit at a desk job like I did for years.
I have done "challenges" in the past where I challenge myself to do some kind of movement at the top of the hour. Problem is, I suck at challenges. Seriously, it's like I have some rebelling gene that kicks in even though I know the challenge is to my benefit. I don't do well to remind myself at the top of the hour on my own, so I have resorted to this:
Starting at 8:00 AM every weekday, my little mail reminder goes off to tell me to get off my rump and do 10 squats. It gets my heart pumping and I'm going to do this for a month and make it habit and then move it to every half an hour. So right now by the time the Mr gets home, I have 100 squats in for the day. When I move up to every half an hour, it'll be 200 squats or maybe I'll do 100 squats and then maybe 100 of something else like push ups or kick backs or squats with speed bags. For some reason, hearing that little ding grabs my attention more than when I set the timer on the microwave and would be forced to get up to go reset it for an hour later. (But that is something work at homers could do if it's too tempting to hit snooze without doing the activity if anyone wanted to join me.)
Do you make time every half hour to hour to get up and move if you have sedentary job? Would a reminder popping up entice you to do it or would you hit dismiss?
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