Sitting is not good

During the last few days the weather was quite nasty, with thunder, lightning, pouring rain, a full-blown storm. Sitting at my computer for 6 hours in the morning, 3 in the afternoon and 4 at night, I typed nonstop. So what better way to be productive. My new romance novel– no title yet–is unfolding easily, just flowing out of my mind and my fingers are running on the keyboard.

But my back is killing me. My hips feel so stiff, and my legs are cramped. I guess “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch“.

HELP! Well, here is help. I copied it from the Internet. It may help you too.

By Lucy Danziger and the staff at SELF: Hey, you in the chair! Get up and you’ll live better and longer. Women who sit for six or more hours a day have a 34 percent higher risk for early death from heart disease, cancer and diabetes than do women who sit less, regardless of how often they exercise, according to a study from the American Cancer Society.

The easy fix: Ditch the chair. It may sound like a pain, but we found four women who say it’s a cinch. They scrapped sitting to lose weight, gain energy and knock out pain—and succeeded. And, says James A. Levine, M.D., an inactivity expert and professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, they’re nabbing a longer life and lower risk for disease while they’re at it.

Monica Montiel, 27, program coordinator, Philadelphia
Moves and stretches throughout the workday
Her goal: Maintain her weight. Montiel knows it’s not an easy feat when you’re locked into a desk job.
How she does it: She now strolls around the office several times a day, stands while on the phone and even does 5 to 10 lunges during calls twice a week. She’s cut sitting time from eight hours a day to six. Montiel bikes or walks to work, and her home habits have also changed. “If I put on the TV, I’ll think, What a good time to clean,” she says.j0405146[1]

Kelly Jensen, 27, blogger, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Built her own treadmill desk
Her goal: A total health overhaul: Jensen hopes to shed 80 pounds.
How she does it: Jensen used $30 worth of wood to create a desk attachment for her treadmill and began walking at 1 to 3 mph for an hour or two a day as she worked. Six months later, after working out more and eating better, she’d lost 40 pounds. “Walking sparks my creativity,” Jensen says.
Make it work for you: One or two hours daily of walking at a slow pace is a great health target, says Michelle Segar, Ph.D., associate director of the SHARP Center for Women and Girls. Afraid you’ll fall? “I got the hang of it easily. You go so slowly, it’s hardly a workout,” Jensen says.

Marissa Wald, 31, doctoral student, Tucson, Arizona
Uses a standing desk most of the day
Her goal: Ease backaches brought on by being tied to her screen. Wald tried an exercise ball, but her desk chair was too tough to resist.
How she does it: She ditched her desk and chair and placed the computer on a tall table her husband found on Craigslist for about $75. “Now instead of sitting for 10 hours, I stand for 7 and rest on a stool when I get tired,” Wald says. “And it’s so great. I don’t have much back pain.” That’s even after Wald became pregnant.
Make it work for you: Moms-to-be should get a doctor’s green light to stand, Dr. Levine says. “But being active is important for the baby’s health, too.” Wald suggests adding a soundtrack: “Dancing and swaying make for a fun work environment.”

Marianne Hales Harding, 38, online college faculty, St. George, Utah
Works on a stationary bike
Her goal: Stay energetic without scarfing down junk food for a sugar rush. Hales Harding is a single mom with multiple sclerosis who works after her children go to bed.
How she does it: Hales Harding uses FitDesk ($229), a stationary bike with a work surface in place of handlebars, to cycle slowly for 30 minutes to an hour most nights while she works, so instead of sitting still, she’s getting active. “It’s much more effective than Oreos for energy!” she says. “I love cycling and ride for MS every June.”
Make it work for you: “If a person with MS can do it, then we have no excuse,” Dr. Levine says. If your cop-out is a painful seat, seek out a wide, padded model, Hales Harding suggests. “It’s more like a comfortable chair.” Pedal power!

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Mona Risk, received an Outstanding Achiever Award from Affaire de Coeur Magazine. She's a two time winner of Best Contemporary Romance of the Year from Readers Favorite; a winner of Best Romance Novel of the Year from Preditors & Editors Readers Poll; and an EPIC Award finalist. Mona Risk's name has often been posted on the 100 Most Popular Authors in Romance list, and her books have garnered: Top Pick, Outstanding Read, Sweetheart of the Week, and Best Book of the Week from various reviewers, and received two mentions in Publisher's Weekly. Mona lives in South Florida and has traveled to more than eighty countries on business or vacation. She writes contemporary romances, medical romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal fantasy. Sprinkled with a good dose of humor, her stories are set in the fascinating places she visited or more simply at home. If you like to travel and love to read, come and enjoy her international romances. Meet the spirited heroines and special heroes who share irresistible chemistry in stories that simmer with emotion.  View website

7 Replies to “Sitting is not good”

  1. Great advise, Mona. I have also been spending long hours working at my computer, but I normally break it up. Around 11am I go for a 2-3 mile power walk, come back shower, have lunch, then go back to work for another 3 hours. After that it’s just checking emails, tweets, etc, but not much computer time. It’s better when the weather is nice. I play tennis about 4 times a week. Keep moving people – it really is essential to staying healthy!

  2. I agree. It is just making myself stop long enough. They say that the key is to stop often and do short spurts of exercise. I guess one of the reasons women last longer than men as they have to get up and run around to help others. I got an artist drawing table from Fred Meyer that adjusts to height and tilt.

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