Thursday, May 7, 2020

The Sedentary Lifestyle

Are you sedentary?





As we remain in COVID-19 isolation, it's easy to become sedentary.  Hell, isn't that what we're being asked to do?

My COVID work day has me moving around 20 metres.  That's it. I get up, shower, go downstairs for breakfast, check-in on my laptop at my non-work projects, then walk upstairs where I sit at my desk from 8.30 until 5.00pm.  Each meeting is taken in the same spot, each phone call, each chat.  There are no colleagues to wander off and see, it's all done via Skype.  No meeting rooms to go to. I'm just sitting there, on my arse, growing cankles just like I would on a long haul flight to some exotic destination.  Only there is no destination, I've already arrived in Sedentary-ville, ACT.





When you physically have to leave the house for the office, there are plenty of opportunities to move. Even if it's not targetted exercise.  Our muscles are working, our skeleton is moving, our blood is pumping.

You walk from your car to the office, to the kitchen, to someone else's desk, to the photocopy room, to a meeting room, to your desk, to the printer, to the cafe downstairs, to the car, to the newsagent, to the car, to the office, to your desk, to your meeting, to the quiet room, back to the printer, to your colleague at one end of the office, to another colleague at the other end of the office, back to your desk, then to the car, to the grocery store via the petrol station, to your house, through the house, back to the car, to your son's soccer training, to the fence at the far end of the oval to talk to the coach, back to the car, go home and start cooking, back to soccer training, to the far fence, back to the car, back home, finish cooking, clean up, to the couch, upstairs to the bathroom, then to the bedroom and sleep.

Movement.

As I work in isolation I watch my ankles attract fluid, my thighs turn to cottage cheese, and my ever expanding stomach refusing to allow for anything other than stretch pants. I must make a concerted effort to release myself from a sitting-on-an-increasingly-hail-damaged-arse lifestyle.

So I logged into Samsung Health for the first time and answered the question: How active are you? My answer: "sedentary".  

Sedentary. 



I don't want to tick Sedentary.

I have to mirror what I would do normally, but with new reasoning attached.  Rather than go to the photocopier, go to the washing machine. Instead of checking in on a colleague at the other end of the corridor, check in on my son's home schooling.  Instead of walking to the cafe, walk around the block.  Instead of walking upstairs to my office, walk through my suburb and back home to my office.

So here is my new work day:

  • Take the 1.5km detour to my study
  • Ride my bike at lunch to buy groceries
  • Attend to household chores in between each meeting
  • Set hourly alarms on my phone to remind me to get up from my desk and visit my "colleagues" (aka family) to check in on their work
  • Go "home from work" via the three streets to my north. 

I refuse to be Sedentary. Life is too valuable to be spending it sitting. 


How are you going with your movement?

What challenges is isolation throwing you?  

What tips do you have to help prevent a sedentary lifestyle?


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24 comments :

  1. I have this problem too. I actually welcome walking to school drop off and pick up lately just get outside and get me moving!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

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    1. Yeah. I hear ya! I had a shocking headache this morning and sooooo didn't want to start my day (let alone blog or walk) but I got up and did what I had to do. Then I went for my walk and BINGO, I felt so much better. Didn't cure my headache, but the day was made more tolerable.

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  2. Good for you to recognize the issue and build movements into your day. I read somewhere that prolonged sitting is just as bad or worse than second hand smoking. I walk, exercise, do yoga and alternate sitting/ standing/ moving regularly every day.

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    1. Wow. Just as bad as second hand smoking. Well that's a wake up call!
      You are very good at your exercise. I read how much you do and marvel at your commitment. Go you!

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  3. As you know I walk each morning before work. Durng the day I set an alarm to get up every hour and walk around the house. At lunchtime I take the dog for a stroll and at 5pm I knock off and go for another walk. If I didn't I'd finish each day with a grand total of less than 2000 steps.

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    1. You are my early morning walking inspo! Three years ago I would be doing a 5km dawn walk around a local lake every single day. Rain, hail, frost or snow. I'd be doing it. Then one day I stopped and just couldn't get started again. I also lost my walking buddy. TJ would come with me on the daily and it was "our time". But then she bloody well grew up on me and moved away from home for a while. We haven't got back into it. She sleeps in too much now!

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  4. It's been an uphill battle for me keeping my step count up in the lockdown. The silver lining about not working remotely? A few extra steps and flights of stairs each work day.

    SSG xxx

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    1. How's it going at work SSG? Is everything OK? Given you're a health care worker, there must be some trials and tribulations right now. Also some minor perks perhaps? Are you getting your free Maccas coffees?

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  5. Since I have been retired for 3 years, I am not tied to a desk during the day. I am lucky to be able to go out and run during the day, since we are allowed to go outside for exercise. Good for you for recognizing the problem and addressing it!

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    1. I was actually thinking that my retired bloggy readers probably wouldn't have the same issues. Having said that, I have only just rejoined the full time permanent workforce recently, so for 12 years I was doing things at my own pace (rather than somebody else's). Funny thing is my own pace is actually double the pace of the workplace. LOL. Sooooo ... not sure where I'm going with this thought but, yeah, I've slowed down a lot, even though presumably I'm busier! Now that's a blog post for another day.

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  6. I can feel weight gain. It's a bit depressing. I'm walking but not every day (need to pick up my act). I really miss my reformer pilates classes. Thanks for the reminder. I better pick up my act. Pretty sure I'm not getting enough steps in my days.

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    1. I actually don't love the gym or classes. I mean, I say I do when I'm there and doing it, but the reality is I have to push myself. It's not a natural yearning. Whereas walking is a natural yearning so that's a plus. Mind you, I did enjoy reformer pilates. Just didn't like the need to get there, pay for it and come home and get changed etc. Far too time consuming. LOL

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  7. I wrote a comment ...now its gone and I am back. LOL. I reduced my daily steps expectations slightly down from around 6.500 steps to 5,500 steps and I can achieve it at home and when I am out and I make a chance to move. Your stairs sound like an idea cardio workout. I am sure your creativity will have your bouncing back. Denyse

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    1. Don't you hate it when that happens! Happens to me on my phone. Not so much on my laptop. Yep, the stairs are a pretty good workout. Especially when you forget something and have to keep running up and down them! Swearing all the way.

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  8. My Fitbit is my lifesaver when it comes to moving. I aim for 8 - 9,000 steps and make it most days - but it involves a morning and evening walk - very pleasant during most of the year, but harder to motivate myself for now it's getting bleaker. My waistline keeps expanding and it's an ongoing fight to rein it in without starving myself or turning vegan!

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    1. Even with my walks I'm only just tipping 6000 steps (according to Samsung Health on my phone). Mind you, I don't have my phone with me all the time so I guess it isn't counting all the incidental movement around the house.

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  9. Tras 50 días sin salir de casa desde hace una semana se permiten paseos de una hora, unos 6000 pasos,el primer día fue cansado ahora intento caminar muy deprisa para retomar la forma ya que el tiempo no puede superar una hora, hasta que llegue el día que podamos salir mucho las y esta pesadilla termine
    Saludos.

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    1. Estoy de acuerdo, es una pesadilla! Me alegra saber que estás saliendo. ¡Gracias por su visita!

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  10. I just recently found out you had a link up!

    I have been walking 9.5km every 2nd day if the weather's fine. I am trying to squeeze fitness in around home school and excessive choc consumption.
    Sounds like you have yourself sorted now.

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    1. I'm so happy you found me! It's been ages since we crossed bloggy paths.
      That's quite a good target! 9.5k. I'm doing around 7k every two days for the most part. Failed yesterday though so need to make up for it today.

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  11. Amen to this. I try to wake up and do a little walking outside and then start my day in front of the computer. I try to build breaks into it and go outside and walk a little. Then I try to a 20-30 minute walk somewhere in there.

    Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful weekend. Stay safe and healthy.

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    1. Worlds apart but facing the same stuff. Kinda makes it feel better don't you think?

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