This is the first post from the archives of Jim Borden who blogs on ‘Borden’s Blather’ across a variety of topics. I only need to walk passed a mirror to see that emotional contentment and mental stimulation resulting from nearly 7 years of blogging are not reflected in the spreading of my derriere.. I do get up at regular intervals during the day to get some exercise but it is not nearly enough… so this post struck a chord.. and I am sure it will with you too.
Wellness Wednesday: Take a Two-Minute Walk Before You Read This (2015) by Jim Borden
The New York Times had a story today, “Sitting is Bad for Children Too” by Gretchen Reynolds.
The story reports on a new study of healthy young girls that found that after a single session of prolonged inactivity, the children developed changes in their blood flow and arteries that, in grown-ups, would signal the start of serious cardiovascular problems.
There is already a good deal of research that documents the dangers associated with prolonged sitting among adults. These dangers include increased risks for diabetes, obesity, heart disease, liver disease, metabolic syndrome and other conditions, including premature death. These risks remain elevated even if someone regularly exercises but then settles into his or her chair for the rest of the day (uh-oh, that sounds like me…)
But the good news is that it doesn’t take much to offset the potential negative consequences associated with prolonged sitting. A recent study found that participants who replaced as little as two minutes of sitting each hour with gentle walking lowered their risk of premature death by about 33 percent, compared with people who sat almost nonstop.
The study also compared the effect of just standing up as a way to break up prolonged periods of sitting, but unfortunately that seemed to have little effect on the health outcomes of the participants.
So that standing desk (shown above) that I’ve been thinking of getting because of all the warnings I’ve heard about sitting for too long may not really do much to counteract the problem.
I guess the easy solution is to just get up once every hour and walk for a couple of minutes.
But if you’re looking for a higher-tech, and more expensive solution, there’s always a treadmill desk.
Such devices seem to be growing in popularity, with celebrities such as Jimmy Kimmel and Al Roker being avid users.
While I have never seen, let alone tried, such a device, I think I would prefer to just get up every hour and walk for a few minutes.t
But I’m certainly open to trying one; maybe I can convince my boss to buy me one for my office…
©Jim Borden 2015
About Jim Borden
Husband, dad, brother, uncle, nephew, friend, teacher, ex-swimmer, blogger, vegan, juggler, learner, introvert.
Now that I’ve reduced myself to a cultural stereotype (with a hat tip to Woody Allen), who am I when I take away all the labels?
This blog has given me a chance to think more deeply about many things, and to share those thoughts with the world (well at least a really tiny part of the world). And in sharing those thoughts, I’ve started to understand a little bit of who I am.
A 60-something guy trying to figure out the world, and his place in it.
Emerson’s words capture perfectly the kind of life I hope to live:
To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
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My thanks to Jim for allowing me access to his archives and it would be great if you could head over and explore them further for yourself. Thanks Sally.