In the August issue of Runner’s World magazine there was an article called Sitting is the New Smoking- Even for Runners.
This is the second time I have talked about this on my blog so obviously it made a big impression on me. Lucky for me this “sitting disease” will only be an issue for me for the next few weeks. I am fortunate enough to have a job that will keep me on my feet but most people don’t. I do make an effort in my day while I am still a student to get moving through out my day.
In addition to my 6x 400 intervals today I took four 12 minute bike rides (to and from class twice) and a half hour walk to get back to class one more time. So after my half hour of running I got a bonus hour and 15 minutes of exercise that I didn’t even think about. I realize again that this is the luxurious life of a student and this is not realistic for the average person.
So what can people with “normal” jobs do on the reg? Once an hour try one of these:
- up and down 2 flights of stairs
- 10 squats at a desk chair
- 10 walking lunges
- 5 minute walk around the office
- 20 calf raises
Another trick is to just drink a lot of water so that you have to get up and use the bathroom more often. These are all quick and simple and won’t take more than a few minutes from your work day. They will also help you feel more energized and are a more effective jolt than a cup of coffee might!
Every little bit helps, remember that with every extra step you take in a day!
Feel free to leave other alternatives you may do through your day to keep you active at your desk job!