“Why not even exercise will undo the harm of sitting all day—and what you can do about it” got me thinking about how much I sit everyday.
I sit almost whole day in front of my laptop. Everything I do is on my laptop: writing, programming, brainstorming, entertainment, reading, journaling, creating, learning, etc.
And I can only focus on the work if I concentrate on it solely for hours without taking breaks. That presents a serious issue regarding my health, which I became aware after reading the above mentioned article.
I used to think exercising would undo the harm of sitting all day, but it has been proven wrong. The only way to undo the harm is to not sit for that long and instead of working for a long period of time, take 2 breaks during 1 hour session.
Studies have found that simply interrupting your sitting time with short breaks of movement—just standing or walking slowly—has beneficial effects.
I’ll probably not forget to take breaks for some days from now. However, I’ll need something to remind me to take breaks everyday. For that, I’ve written “Sitting is the New Smoking” on a piece of paper and kept it on my desk.
That will work as a reminder for me.
Off to break now 😉