sitting is killing you!

@SIMPLYD (86520)
Philippines
May 19, 2011 9:56pm CST
Now, what I am thinking is affirmed. I have read today in the net that Sitting can Kill us. True, sitting all day is by itself a sedentary way of life. In order to combat it, we should once in a while , take a walk around the room, go to the comfort room many times (since walking is an exercise) , go to the water dispenser or kitchen many times to get a glassful of water(not have a liter by your side, coz’ you don’t get to move if that is the case.) and try to stretch while sitting too. What could be the other ways , if you may add?
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@sashakiddo (1104)
• United States
20 May 11
We can also walk to places that are close by instead of driving there. If the grocery store is just half a mile away, it gives us more exercise to walk there and saves gas.
@SIMPLYD (86520)
• Philippines
20 May 11
Yes, lets'find every possibility for us to be able to move a lot.
• Canada
20 May 11
Yeah, like in China or Japan, their primary means of transportation is a bicycle. Even in schools, you can see designated places for bicycles cuz every student own one. I should also go for a walk or ride my bicycle at this time now cuz my back's aching.
@SIMPLYD (86520)
• Philippines
23 May 11
Well, cycling is also a nice exercise. But still, walking is the best, because you only need your feet to do it.
@eyalw321 (28)
• Israel
20 May 11
it is very important to leave the house to pass whith friends
@SIMPLYD (86520)
• Philippines
20 May 11
Yes, for those at home sitting away in front of their computers, they could once in a while go out and have some activities with friends.
• Canada
20 May 11
Yeah, Im like that, on the computer from 8 am to 9 pm or MORE. I have this, you can say a habit or an attitude, I dont like going out of the house. Or in filipino, "taong-bahay". I always cant go, leaving the computer is like a wallet you left on your room. I just cant let go of that attitude.
@SIMPLYD (86520)
• Philippines
23 May 11
I guess, you really are a homebody, that's why you always want to be "taong bahay". Sometimes, i feel like that also, rather than go out of the house to mingle with friends. But we do need to go around the house every now and then, when we are working in the computer. That way, we are also getting our exercise and not get too sedentary.
@agent807 (726)
• United States
20 May 11
I never really worked at a place where I had to sit down at a desk all day. I was always moving around, lifting heavy things all day, but the more I move heavy things (the bigger I got), the lighter things were getting (the stronger I became), and was continuing to move heavier, and heavier stuff. I was always ask to move this stuff because what would kill a normal person, I would barely break a sweat. It was like weightlifting for eight hours a day. Hated it at first, but enjoyed it when I realized how strong I actually was (on top of actual weightlifting). We have things on pallets, and other people grab the electric pallet jack, and I would go for the manual because the electric jack was irritating (by that I mean slow). I won a drag race one on who can pull the heaviest load muscles vs machine. All other have to do is move something once in a while. It won't turn them into a freakish monster like me, but it won't kill them either. On the other end, I think I may have accidentally helped out those who did sit down all day when I broke a office chair (got to big and heavy for it, apparently), so they can't sit as often. Besides, I couldn't work in an office anyway. I have too much energy, and office politics are rough. It would freak others out to see a musclebound gorilla in a shirt and tie, sitting cramped up in a chair with a gallon of water next to him, and finding any excuse to move.
@SIMPLYD (86520)
• Philippines
23 May 11
Lucky you to have a job that could exercise your body everyday. You are right, that's what makes you strong. Keep it up!
@agent807 (726)
• United States
24 May 11
My only downside is that I cannot get away with the excuse of being old and tired when I am not up to something. I tried, but to no avail. I have been labeled as King Kong's little brother or the Hulk's little brother (sounds offensive, but I take it as a compliment)
@dpk262006 (56599)
• Delhi, India
20 May 11
Hi there! You are very correct, sitting could be harmful and can lead to many diseases. I agree with you that physical activity is imperative and if we do not go for a walk or do not go for daily light exercise, we will be in trouble. Our life style has become sedentary and we have become accustomed to comforts of AC etc. and do not feel like moving without a vehicle, however, we forget that not going for physical activity could prove costly for us. If one is in office, s/he should to the farthest warhroom to relieve himself/herself so that s/he could walk a bit longer. Instead of taking elevator, one should climb up and climb down the stairs, wherever possible.
@SIMPLYD (86520)
• Philippines
20 May 11
Yes, we should think of ways that could give us more movements even when at home doing computer works. I would usually wiggle my toes and ankles while seated at the office. Every now and then i would also stand and walk around the office. I would also rotate my head once in a while.
@dpk262006 (56599)
• Delhi, India
20 May 11
It is good on your part that you keep moving your toes and ankles and you take a round or two, while in office. Rotating head is also a good idea. Thanks for sharing.
@inertia4 (27792)
• United States
7 Jun 11
I heard that also on the news. I used to have a desk job and I could not sit there all day, I had to get up and move around. I also know that when you're working on a computer, you must get off every 30 minuets for about 10 to 15 minutes at a time. It's a law. Thats why employers cannot yell at you when you leave your desk. It is a killer on the eyes. But I know that sitting can make you not only lazy but land you in the hospital if you do not move around.
@SIMPLYD (86520)
• Philippines
7 Jun 11
That's true. Sitting also gives you a back ache, if you barely move around. Thanks for informing us about the computer. So, it's also a nice thing that i get to pee almost every hour, because i have to walk a long way just to go the mall's comfort room. It exercises me at least.
@jameygc (453)
• United States
23 May 11
That is so true. We need to move the more we can. I recently quit my job and there I had a lot of movement. Now my life is more sedentary and I am feeling the effects. Yesterday I went outside with my child and played for a while. We ran and jump all over the place. It was a really good exercise. Sometimes I put a Zumba dvd (the best exercise in the world) and I shake as crazy. We definitely need to try to make some exercise at least three times a week just 20 minutes.
@SIMPLYD (86520)
• Philippines
23 May 11
Yes, as much as we can , we should always move. Moving makes us stronger. The moment we become sedentary, our muscles will atrophy.
• India
22 May 11
Dear friend You are right, we should do some physical labor, some movement, sitting at a place for hours together has effect on blood circulation, after retirement, my physical activity has become lesser, weight increased by 15kg, seeing my belly Kalyni remarks, i look 3 months pregnant lol but i am still active in research, seminars, workshops, but at home i feel lazy, the soles of feet burn due to diabetes neuropathy.. Thank you for sharing Enjoy life to fullest. Professor ‘*^Bhuwan^*’. .
@SIMPLYD (86520)
• Philippines
23 May 11
As we grow older, the more that there should be movements of our body. That way, we prevent being unhealthy such as high bp, high cholesterol and the formation of diabetes.
• India
20 May 11
do you want to hear my story , i am 19 years old boy i really have an hurt in my back , and i am treated by many of doctors, this is the first time i knowing what is the problem of my back,when am in out side i felt no pain for that day if am in my house while a day i felt this messing back pain any way thanks
@SIMPLYD (86520)
• Philippines
23 May 11
Sorry to hear that. So you see, if you are moving a lot, you will not have back pains. But if you will be sitting all day, the pain will be aggravated.
• Philippines
20 May 11
well, on times that you can't stand up, you can try raising up your bum and let your legs support you...and stretching is a real must...
@SIMPLYD (86520)
• Philippines
23 May 11
That's also good. But maybe it will be much better, if we stand and get to walk to get our water from the pantry or the kitchen . While walking to it, do some stretching.
@jaiho2009 (39001)
• Philippines
20 May 11
hello simplyd, So much to do,simply stretch your back and walk to and fro. I am doing this in office ,so with my team mates. We stand,walk (headset has long cords anyway)...wave with the other agents... sometimes put the caller on hold and hop to one station for a short talk... look for a service for a cup of coffee to be delivered. Bending...sometimes even dancing since music is allowed in our station -not to mention each of us has it's own speaker,and we can open youtube and listen/watch videos as well. To kill the boredom and stress with irate callers eh. Okay,and we have 10 minutes breaks every 2 hours... we can run to the pantry and check the menu. take a look at the bulletin board for news and updates. hehehe...so much to do have a great weekend
@SIMPLYD (86520)
• Philippines
23 May 11
WOw, nice to be in an office like that. So i guess, there are no obese persons in your office.
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
20 May 11
Sitting and not doing anything is equivalent to laziness. People who can't even get water for themselves because they are watching television are just obnoxious.
@SIMPLYD (86520)
• Philippines
23 May 11
That's very true. Laziness is what could be called for that.
@whengcat (1458)
• Philippines
20 May 11
Minding our store and my sister-in-law's computer rentals, makes me one of those who sits all day in front of a computer But i tend to walk back and fort when there are customers at the store. I somehow get some exercise in the morning by doing some chores like sweeping and mopping here dusting there and everything.
@SIMPLYD (86520)
• Philippines
23 May 11
yes, doing those chores, are by themselves exercises already.
• China
20 May 11
I am a long time sitter in the office,it's bad for the health,i start to take care of my body from last year,because i have back and neck pain some time,now when i sit long time i always walk to get some water or go to the washing room,and stretch the body and turn head up and down,turn neck left and right there,it really get good result.
@SIMPLYD (86520)
• Philippines
20 May 11
That' right. We have to do some stretching and walking away from the computer, so at least those muscles won't get rigid. Maybe those neck and back pains are from sitting a long time, as the news about it has demonstrated.
• Philippines
20 May 11
yeah right..having a sedentary lifestyle is not good to us because it can also contribute to the development of certain diseases like Diabetes and some heart irregularities ergo it's good to have a regular activity like having your own daily exercise stratagem. I think just by walking around is not enough, I mean an exercise which makes you sweat. I usually do sit-ups and push-ups every morning I wake up, I make this as part of my daily activities and it makes me feel good.
@SIMPLYD (86520)
• Philippines
20 May 11
For us people, who works all day, sitting in our computers, it would be really beneficial if we get to walk around once in a while. That way, our muscles is relaxed from sitting for a long time. But still, like you said it would be best if we get to exercise also. A Little sacrifice will go a long way, to our good health!
@gloryacam (5543)
• Philippines
20 May 11
I had a manager once who told me instead of reaching for the phone and giving instructions to the staff via the phone, I should walk all the way to the other room and meet with the staff him/herself. Funny at that time, but, even my doctor says I should walk a lot because having a job that lets me sit for hours is taking it's toll on my health!
@SIMPLYD (86520)
• Philippines
20 May 11
That's very correct! I too, at the office, when instructed to get some documents at another affiliate's office on the same floor as us, would walk all the way from the passage, where it is far from that office! That way, i did some brisk walking!
@misterMR (797)
• Philippines
20 May 11
I have read in the Men's Health website that sitting down could lead to a fatter physique. They said that they themselves in the office do not have any chairs for them to sit. When they use the computer, the platform for the computer is above shoulder level. They also said that it is customized.
@SIMPLYD (86520)
• Philippines
20 May 11
Really? OMG ! That's also tiring for the legs, if that is so. But at least you could dance while working in the computer , with that kind of set-up. Don't you think so?
@SHAMRACK (8532)
• India
20 May 11
Dear friend, For me sitting long time could give back problems. Yes we need to strech it some at times. As it is know that those fats gets accumulated around the waiste which could give futher back paid problems. I feel that a routine excerices could give a better effect for those long sitting people.
@SIMPLYD (86520)
• Philippines
20 May 11
Yes, we should see to it that we get to move around once in a while from sitting . It is best that we give time to exercise too. After the day's work, when i arrive home, i would every other day do a one hour exercise at our bedroom, while hearing and seeing the news on TV. That way, my sitting for a long time at the office is contradicted by the exercise.