Sitting is Killing Me!
Since I took up writing a few years ago I’ve spent more time sitting each day than I’ve ever done in my life. I’ve always been a skinny bean, but lately, yes, I’m packing about 20 lbs more than I’d like to.
Something needs to be done before I end up looking like this!
When I came to the States in 1996, I weighed 135 lbs at a height of 5’7″. I could eat anything I wanted to, and never had to exercise.
The difference between then and now?
Then, I lived in London, one of the great walking cities of the world, and I had two young children that kept me moving; now I live in Los Angeles, one of the great driving cities of the world, my children are at college, and I sit at my desk all day.
Walking my dog, Ivy, prevents me from seizing up all together but getting a really good workout with her takes me away from writing for longer than I’d like. So here’s the solution, courtesy of Arthur Slade, who showed me the light.
The facts that clinched it for me:
- A recent medical journal study showed that people who sit for most of their day are 54% more likely to die of a heart attack.
- As soon as you sit: Electrical activity in the leg muscles shuts off; calorie burning drops to 1 per minute; enzymes that help break down fat drop 90%; after two hours, good cholesterol drops 20%; after 24 hours, insulin effectiveness drops 24% and risk of diabetes rises.
- check out these graphically organized stats from Medical Billing and Coding (or click the image below to see a larger version)
I’ll keep you posted on how it goes…