I sit all day at work and usually run right to my laptop when I get home. Afterall, someone has to right these interesting blog posts [grin]. Out of couriosity, I decided to do a bit of research to find out exactly why sitting is so bad for me (beyond burning less calories), and the news was eye opening. And very, very alarming.
In a recent article on the hazards of sitting, Nilofer Merchant said, “I am also reminded of James Fowler and Nicholas Christakis’s research from their related book, Connected. They observed that obesity spreads according to network effects; if your friend’s friend’s friend who lives a thousand miles away gains weight, you’re likely to gain weight, too. And if that extended friend also loses weight, even if you’re not in the same city, you’re likely to lose weight, too. My goal is to be someone who socializes the idea that physical activity matters, and that we each matter enough to take care of our health.”
So, you aren’t just helping yourself when you improve your fitness. You’re doing something good for everyone in your network. A co-worker and I have started walking the stairs everyday. It’s the third week, and we have worked up to walking 12 flights at a time. We hope to get to the point where we can do this twice per day. It’s a good stress reliever.
**Since I first drafted this article last week, we have added a new walker to our group.**
When you have a moment…
- One thing to avovid if you want to lose weight..and it’s not sugar
- Sitting is bad for you: what can you do about it at work? (Eric Markowitz | Inc.com)
- Sitting is the Smoking of Our Generation (Nilofer Merchant)