I’m not coining this phrase here, btw. Not sure where it came from, but I recently heard it from Working Out Sucks author Chuck Runyon, so I’ll tag him with some credit.
Anyhow–if you haven’t heard, the detrimental effects of being a sedentary, sit on our butts society, have come to light of late. Studies are starting to reveal that sitting all day, as many people do for eight to 10 hours each and every day, can be really hard on our bodies and health. In fact, one study I just read suggested that sitting can increase the risk for cardiovascular disease by as much as 80 percent.
A couple years back I changed my desk at home (where I work) to a standing up desk. It was as simple as adding a small shelf for my laptop, and now that’s where I do all my writing/emailing, etc. And I have to tell you–my body is SO much happier for it. I don’t get back aches, butt aches (yes those come with the territory) or just overall fatigue since making this switch. Conversely, put me in a car for a six-hour trip to Ohio like I just made, and my body is screaming at me.
I carry this standing up stuff over to all kinds of places. In doctor’s office waiting rooms, in meetings, you name it. What I’ve noticed, interestingly, is that it makes people uncomfortable. They like to offer you seats. But I’ve never been one to care too much about what people think (I’m the one that walks around the neighborhood barefoot all the time, remember) so I’m not going to sit just to make someone else feel less awkward.
I am convinced that our bodies were not made to sit. Think about our ancestors–they were out hunting and gathering all day. It wasn’t until the last century, in fact, that we started spending most of our time sitting down. Just because we can sit doesn’t mean we have to.
So if you sit at a desk all day, I encourage you to find a way to change that. Yes, your coworkers will think you’ve lost it. But you’ll be the healthier for it. Who knows–you might even start a trend.
Is sitting the new smoking? What do you think?