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Confession: I’m Working to Stop Sitting All Day

I’ve read time and time again about how unhealthy that it is that we sit all day.  And while my fun hobby job is blogging, my full time job requires sitting across almost the full day.  A large number of studies have shown that prolonged sitting is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer, and even early death!  In fact, according to this article from CBS New York, “Smoking is certainly a major cardiovascular risk factor, and sitting can be equivalent in many cases.”  Sitting can be as bad for you as smoking?!  Sounds crazy right?  But sitting over a long period of time causes everything from a weak back, sloth-like symptoms (when you sit more on work days, you sit more on non-work days, blood clots (especially in your legs), metabolic issues (truthfully, a catchall for everything from diabetes to heart disease), along with a huge variety of other issues of which I do not want to relate!

When I realistically can’t choose to stand all day, I am absolutely focused on changing my habits to allow me to be a healthier, more active version of myself.  Starting with my standing desk.

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While my company doesn’t allow us to budget for standing desks without a doctor note, paper is, luckily, always part of the financial equation.  For somebody of my height (just over 5 feet), the average desk needs 8 stacks of paper to become the correct height to be a standing desk.  Find out what height works for you to ensure that you are standing at a comfortable height with good posture, and that your neck isn’t straining too much either up or down.  Try to stand sporadically throughout your day, but I’ve made my minimum of 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the afternoon to at least get my blood flowing a bit.  (Also, I’d recommend warning your office supply person that you’re doing this in case they need the paper, ha!)


If creating your own standing sounds crazy or a bit unrealistic to you, then other options I would suggest include punctuating your day with small bouts of activity.  If you’re drinking enough water, then let’s be realistic… you should be having to go to the bathroom almost every hour anyways.  Also, incorporate a few stretches into your day – I’ve found that the ones found here help to get my blood flowing, but don’t require much time prior to meetings.  Lastly, consider using a stool rather than your cozy office chair – the backs of our office chairs don’t fit the ways our body was meant to be sitting.  Think about when you slouch – your chair back allows you to do so rather than using your muscles to strengthen your posture.

No matter the amount of activity that you’re able to fit into your work day, remember that our goal is to get our blood flowing rather than remaining stagnant for 9 hours.  Let’s make the world healthier – one habit at a time!

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15 Comments

  • Reply keen peach

    Good for you! I stay at home with my son but I have placed my laptop at the highcounter in my kitchen so that I am always standing when on it. It has really cut down on sitting post!

    May 27, 2015 at 2:54 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Great idea! I had a high table at my old office… it’s so helpful! And with your son, too?! Impressive. 🙂

      May 27, 2015 at 2:58 pm
  • Reply keen peach

    I don’t know why I put “post’ at the end of my comment haha.

    May 27, 2015 at 2:54 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Ha – I like it. Feels like something old western, or like it’s something that would be quoted on Splash Mountain in Disney World. I’ll bring it back in with you’d if you’d like. Groovy!

      May 27, 2015 at 2:59 pm
  • Reply Constructing Carrie

    Your supplies person is very understanding! haha 🙂

    May 27, 2015 at 6:18 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Haha – to be fair, I’m kind of an “ask for forgiveness, rather than asking for permission” kinda gal on this kind of thing… (shhh, don’t tell on me!)

      May 27, 2015 at 9:35 pm
  • Reply Asa

    Good idea. I’ve seen other people doing similar things at my job. I try to do a 30 min walk to combat the sitting and clear my mind.

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    May 27, 2015 at 7:20 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Great idea! It’s difficult to fit into everyday, but so worth it! Don’t you feel so refreshed afterwards?!

      May 27, 2015 at 9:39 pm
      • Reply Asa

        Always ?

        June 3, 2015 at 7:43 pm
  • Reply nilzeitung

    Reblogged this on Nilzeitung.

    May 28, 2015 at 3:56 am
  • Reply Heather

    Great idea. If I could do that I certainly would, but my huge all-in-one computer would likely fall off the stack of paper if I looked at it wrong lol. But I do file daily so I at least have that up and down movement for at least 10-20 minutes a day. Plus I walk whenever I can find the excuse and I take the stairs in my office. I may start walking to the farthest washroom too just to add a couple extra minutes of movement.

    May 28, 2015 at 11:22 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Great idea! My standing does ebb and flow depending on my work that day, so I get you there. Love the walking to the farther restroom – may have to pick that one up myself!! 🙂

      May 28, 2015 at 11:58 am
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