Yesterday was a great day for me. Not all days are smooth running with a Toddler, so when Ava is happy and the weather is nice there’s really nothing to complain about!
Speaking of yesterday, I thought of this blog topic around 3pm when I got hit with a waive of exhaustion. I wanted to sit…. actually I wanted to lay down and take a nap. This doesn’t happen that often but chasing around Ava for hours, teaching fitness classes, and training clients will make you want to kick your feet up at the end of the day!
I realized I don’t sit a lot on any given day. The only time I sit is if I’m driving my car or Ava’s napping. Even when I think I am going to sit down for a meal it’s usually 5 minutes.
By the end of the day, when Ava goes to bed at 730pm that’s my time to sit and relax. Well not really, on some nights I do laundry, clean up the house, take Cooper for a walk, run to the grocery store, or get organized for the next day. Clearly there’s not a lot of sitting when its all said and done.
I’m by no means complaining here, I’m SUPER happy to be standing and I’m even more happy that I don’t sit behind a desk. I wasn’t made to sit and I really hate when I am stuck sitting for too long in a car, airplane, meeting, work event, etc.
I worked almost 3 years at an investment bank and I spent about 50+ hours a week there. I was sitting 90% of the time which means I was only standing for about 5+ hours during the day, that’s pretty nuts. I would get antsy and try t0 get up frequently to go for a walk, get fresh air outside, and use the restroom even if it was just to get up but that wasn’t enough.
Now I’m helping other’s while keeping active myself. WIN-WIN.
I read an article in my IDEA Fitness Journal, the title was “SIT LESS, MOVE MORE.”
“People who spend a lot of time sitting each day experience greater health risks than those who do not. Perhaps more surprisingly, physical activity doesn’t seem to offer much benefit.”
(IDEA, Fitness Journal April 2015)
I found this to be quite interesting. It made me think of others who are stuck behind a desk and are forced to sit for majority of the day.
For those of you who do work in an office or are behind a desk all day, do you take frequent breaks to get up and stretch or go for a walk? How do you keep active outside of work?