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The Truth About What Happens When You Sit Most Of The Time

I grew up in a sitting family. We were of the generation who embraced Oprah and Television dinners with great joy. Our family embraced every version of movies from betamax to streaming and even our exercise involved sitting…on stationary bicycles that faced directly toward the television. When I got my first job, it was working as an administrative assistant in an office. The next wasn’t much different. Even now, I work from home, but as a blogger I spend almost my entire day sitting in front of my computer and writing posts, or watching videos, or wondering what wonderful thing I can share with my readers next.

But this is a problem. If not for me, then for the littles who watch me. They’re now learning that this is life. This is how we live. And it’s not going to be good for them, either.

learning to be a sitter

The scary thing is, all this sitting is such an incorporated part of my life that even walking to the end of the block can sometimes be a painful affair. I’ve had gym memberships, had spurts where I tried to work harder toward being an upright, standing member of society, but most of the time I resemble the people from WALL-E more than I’d like to admit.

sitting people

And though I knew sitting wasn’t the best, I figured since I’ve seen almost every person I know sitting their entire lives away, I never realized quite how bad it was…check out this video…

How awful is that?

And yet, even writing this, I’m still sitting.

Truth is, I’m not sure where to start. Take a walk, sure, but do I get a standing desk?

Treadmill desk?

Do I become one of those people who dictates into a microphone on my phone and writes whilst hiking.

Actually, that one sounds pretty nice…

Whatever I need to do, I’m pretty sure I need to start immediately. Because the littles are watching…

Are you with me? Are you a sitter? Have you taken steps toward changing? Tell me about them in the comments below!

Leigh

Friday 6th of May 2016

Isn't this the truth? So much of our lives involve sitting...in class, at a computer, and lots of other places. I'd love it if you'd share this post at the Healthy Living Link Party. Thanks! Blessings, Leigh

SusanF - ofeverymoment

Thursday 5th of May 2016

I was never very sedentary until I became a writer. Suddenly, I was sitting most of every day - and gained some weight as a result! A wristwatch type step-counter, a morning work-out and daily walks have helped a lot - but I still sit far more than I would like. A standing desk is a great option - and I love the idea of dictating to my phone. I always get my best ideas while walking! Kudos to you for hoping to set a healthy example for your kids!

verena

Saturday 30th of April 2016

I used to be a sitter; I'd sit all day long. Now I rarely sit, only when eating or driving. I got a Treaddesk treadmill a few years ago and paired it with a tall desk from Ikea. I'm either standing or walking whenever I'm at my computer, which is several hours daily. I use another computer as my TV, so I walk or stand while watching that as well. My posture has improved a lot, but I don't think my shoulders are ever going to fully revert to their correct position. Had I kept sitting all the time, I think I would have eventually ended up with a hunched back.