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Though the majority of my blogs are limited to good marketing ideas, occasionally I will post thoughts about more wide-ranging, though related, ideas.
Such as the latest problem for those of us who make a living seated in front of a computer. It is the very real danger that is caused by constant sitting. Even the Mayo clinic has weighed in.
They cite research that has linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns, including obesity and increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels. If that’s not scary enough, they state that too much sitting also seems to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Then they add: “Any extended sitting —such as behind a desk at work — can be harmful. What's more, spending a few hours a week at the gym or otherwise engaged in moderate or vigorous activity doesn't seem to significantly offset the risk.”
Sitting, it has been said, is to today’s health concerns what smoking used to be, before no smoking areas and other assorted warnings finally kicked in. (Is it time for a no sitting zone?)
And the Harvard Health publications blog quotes a report that more than half of the average person’s waking hours are spent sitting: watching television, working at a computer, commuting, or doing other physically inactive pursuits.
The obvious solution seems to be less sitting and more moving. Perhaps you can start simply by standing rather than sitting whenever you have the chance. Try standing while talking on the phone, or try a standing desk. Even if you have lunch delivered to your desk, take a walk around the block before you eat your meal. Use an app to alert you every half hour or so, to remind you to stand and walk.
At the very least, as my blog title suggests, you should fidget while seated. You know, bounce your heels, tap your feet, and move your legs. It’s as simple—and important— as that.
Got the idea?
(My wife, Bonita, who owns an in-home personal training company, approves this blog.)