23Jan

Sitting all day is hazardous to your health

By , January 23rd, 2015 | Energizing Movement, Mindfulness, Self-Kindness, Supportive Environment | 0 Comments

mombasa varideskAs part of my research on health and fitness, I kept seeing all the articles about the impact of sitting all day. The headline that really got my attention was “Sitting is the new smoking.”

When I’m creating my on-line courses, I get into a mode of such intense concentration that I don’t even realize how long I’ve been sitting. I’d tried setting alarms to remind myself to get up and move, but even if I did get up I was so mentally involved that I really wanted to get back to the keyboard.

What if . . .  I could stand up and continue working?

This seemed like a great idea, so after some research I decided to get a Varidesk. Now I set the timer to sit for 30 minutes, then stand for 20 minutes — and I usually take a quick break when I change modes to move around or get a brief bit of exercise.

This has been a purrfect solution for both me and Mombasa — she likes ascending and descending on the desk, and appreciates the attention she gets when I come out of my mode of intense concentration.

What do you do to get off your behind at frequent intervals?

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