For the past few weeks, I have been exercising and watching what I eat. It’s mostly because I have a lot of free time on my hands. I’m freelancing and still applying for jobs. But as I wait for company replies and writing assignments I realized I should be taking better care of myself. I’ve spent days in my bed or on my couch binging Netflix or having a solo movie marathon and let’s be honest that doesn’t sound healthy at all.
Sure there are other things I could do like pick up a new hobby or continue the dozen of drafts on my laptop. But maybe more sitting down and staying indoors isn’t going to help me. I need endorphins and I need to make sure I am not out of shape. Because sitting too much is not healthy. This is why I’m standing out, going out and working out.
Effects of always sitting down
One thing I thought I would never hear is that sitting kills. Someone who is a bit of a health nut I dove down articles written by health experts supporting the statement. I’ve found myself regretting my life choices after every paragraph of every article. I can’t look at my Netflix account the same way again.
Sitting down too much or having sedentary behavior can result in having higher risks of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and hypertension. It also affects our metabolism. Being less mobile can cause an increase in unhealthy types of fat and high-density lipoproteins are reduced. But we can’t really blame ourselves for sitting down too much. A lot of us have desk jobs and at the end of the day, we prefer to crash on the couch. Working how many hours can take a toll on us and our priority is our comfort.
“Sitting is the new smoking.” That phrase still cracks me up but it is true. Who knew sitting down can be so unhealthy? It makes me regret those long weeks sitting down in front of my laptop binging a new Netflix show. At first, I thought I could counter my sitting habit with exercise but that’s not really how it works.
Even if I devote an hour or two working out, I still sit down more than I jog. According to Times, heavy sitters have higher risks of negative outcome even if you exercise regularly. So the answer is not exercising more to compensate for my sitting habits instead I’ve decided to just sit less. But I stop out exercising because it still helps me build a healthier lifestyle. It’s not a cure but hey it’s a good way to start my day.
Even while writing I stand
Getting up to get a snack helps, heck go ahead and make that sandwich! For people who work behind a desk sitting down is necessary. But it doesn’t mean you have to do it for how many hours straight. Stand up every once in a while, walk around the office or go get a snack. Make sure you’re not sitting for too long your back hunched and your eyes aching.
I’m mostly home-based and most of the time I’m on my laptop. Whenever I write I make sure to stand up and walk around my house after a couple of paragraphs. Health experts recommend people should stand for at least two hours a day during work hours. It’s the little things that matter. This counts as being as active as you can get. Before writing this paragraph I was walking around my house. I’ve written over 300 words so I deserve to get up and you do too!
This one is a health benefit and saves me money. Most of us would prefer to get a taxi or call an Uber to take us where we want to go. Sometimes we get stuck in traffic for long periods of time. I once had an experience where I was stuck in traffic for almost three hours. These commute options should make it easier for us getting from Point A to Point B. Instead it’s a headache and it hurts my butt so much.
So I’ve decided to walk my way to places. Researchers found that an hour of moderate activity can reduce the effects of sitting for eight hours. Activities include walking. Because sitting down to sit down again only adds to an immobile lifestyle. Walking thirty minutes to your building or somewhere to eat during your lunch break counts as some sort of physical activity.
I want to improve my health and my lifestyle. Lessening my sitting habits is a step towards the right direction. I want to better and to do that I have to be better. I’ll be sharing posts like this from time to time. It’s a break from my usual stuff and exploring other writing styles.