Sitting is the new smoking
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
I read an article on here about fitness trends. The very first one framed sitting as the new smoking. I thought it was so profound. I really mulled this over and thought about it in different contexts, like necessity and convenience and social construct. Sitting really is like a drug sometimes. Obviously we sit when we eat in a restaurant and we sit in a meeting at work and so on. But how many hours do we sit around watching TV? How many hours do we sit around chatting with friends? I'm not saying sitting is inherently bad, but it can be virulent. I certainly am guilty of sitting far too much. I often find my days are one extreme or the other, ether I'm standing and moving all day or I'm sitting all day. I feel like I should journal it and find out what drives me to sit more some days than others. Today, for example, I had every excuse to be a bump on a log all day because I had been up all night with children. Yet I found myself outside doing yardwork and taking care of things inside as well. There has to be some sort of bad habit/trigger there that drives made to sit.