Recently, the NY Times reported on a study of how much time runners training for a marathon spent sedentary. Not surprisingly, it found that, when not actually working out, the runners were just as sedentary as everyone else. No conclusion was drawn as to whether all the running balanced the sedentary behavior, but still, people, that’s a lot of sitting.
I’ve been trying really hard this year NOT to be a couch potato.
Like many people, my job involves sitting in front of a computer. I shop online. I socialize online at least some part of every day. I drive when I need to do a grocery trip or Target or any number of errands where I’m either taking something with me or bringing back something. I am, however, fortunate in two ways: I work from home in a 3 level house with no bathroom on the main level AND I live in an incredibly walkable area.
So, how am I fighting the couch potato tendencies in modern life?
- I walk Shoo to school most days – 1.5 miles total walking for me
- I walk Jones home from school a few days a week – 1+ mile total walking for me
- I drink lots of liquids (yes, needing to pee is incentive to move)
- I mix in chores throughout the day – yes, an inefficient older house with bedrooms on the 2nd floor and the laundry in the basement is actually a good thing. ;o)
- I build extra time into my errands so I can walk to the library or Revolve or Trader Joes
- I wander around the house when I’m on a conference call
I’m not perfect (let’s not talk about the hand to mouth exercise I got eating peanut butter cups last night or the fact that I forgot to wake up Shoo, so we are driving to school today) and I don’t manage all those things every day, but I keep trying. As the saying goes, “progress not perfection.” I’m also hoping all this movement is instilling the habit in my kids.
How do you add extra movement to your day, especially if you work in an office? Do your coworkers think you are crazy because you are always walking around the office? Or do you think I’m crazy and that the actual workouts I (and you) do balance the sitting?