If sitting is the new smoking, then I’m a chain smoker. I sit all day in front of a computer. I love my work – it’s fulfilling, challenging, stimulating. But it’s not active.
I wear a Fitbit, which tells me from time to time to get up and do some steps. I mostly ignore those notices because I’m in the middle of something. I do try to hit 10,000 steps a day by exercising each morning and walking the dog twice a day, but mostly I sit.
I have learned the hard way the toll sitting takes on a middle-aged body. My plan is to get in the habit of moving every hour during my work day. I already pace when I’m on (most) phone calls. Another idea is a treadmill or standing desk, but I haven’t made it to that point yet.
At any rate, I often think about quitting smoking. And by quitting smoking I mean sitting less and moving more.