Scared to be Sedentary

10 Jul

Hi friends!

How was everyone’s Monday?

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My Monday wasn’t bad at all, but sometimes you just have to complain about that dreaded first day of the week!

I spent today working at my dad’s office.  While working in an office is certainly challenging and thrilling for your mind and brain, I’m realizing more and more how terrible it is for your body.  Eight or more hours spent sitting, hunched over papers or staring at a computer screen?  Not exactly the way we were meant to live.

During the day I do my best to take breaks and walk around, even if its just by getting up to stretch and go to the restroom or fill up my water bottle.  But even when I’m mindful of that, it’s still really hard to move enough.  Two weeks ago I purchased a FitBit (it’s literally the coolest thing ever, I’ll post a review eventually!) and today when I was leaving the office around 5:00 p.m., it informed me that I had barely taken 3,000 steps for the day.  My goal is 10,000 steps per day so I was seriously falling short.

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I knew I’d make up for it with an evening run (I’d rather exercise for one hour a day than be dead, thank you!), but I couldn’t help but think about an article I read recently: “Even with exercise, long periods spent sedentary are deemed a health risk.”  So even if I go to the gym every day and get outside for some runs, it doesn’t matter!?

Well, it certainly still matters, but according to this article:

“Sedentary behavior — sitting for long periods of time — is distinct from physical activity and has been shown to be a health risk in itself. Meeting the guidelines for physical activity does not make up for a sedentary lifestyle,” the ACSM said in the first recent overhaul of its comprehensive recommendations.

Great.  This information should really encourage all of us to get moving more!  It’s not always easy, but according to this article even short breaks (1-2 minutes) to move around every 30 to 60 minutes can help.

Quite honestly, this information is what drove me out the door for a run at 7:00 p.m..  I seriously lose motivation to workout as the day goes on, and this post-dinner run was sounding super unappealing.

I walked for one minute to start, then I told myself I only had to run two minutes before I could walk again.  I was totally feeling an easy walk/run combo just to get through it and get home.  But after those two minutes I was feeling good and I didn’t stop to walk again until after 2.5 miles!  The whole workout was a fairly slow jog with some frequent walking breaks in miles 3 and 4, but I was able to cover 4 miles in just over 41 minutes.

I’ll take that!

Schweaty post- run selfie. Gotta have it!

Even though I dreaded every minute of that run before I set out, once I was on the road with the evening sun on my face and Ja Rule Pandora station in my ears (don’t hate) I was feeling good.  And I felt even better once it was over and I was back in my driveway.

Always true.

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Time for bed over here!  I’m planning to wake up early tomorrow morning to get a workout in before work so I don’t have a repeat of today’s “to run or not to run” debate after dinner time.  See you tomorrow with a new bread baking victory to share!

Some questions for the night:

  • Do you have a sedentary job or lifestyle?  What are your tricks for moving more?
  • Do you lose motivation to workout as it gets later in the day?
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One Response to “Scared to be Sedentary”

  1. Olivia July 10, 2012 at 12:01 am #

    yeah another selfie!

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