I remember when I had a day job that had me sitting down for well over eight hours a day. At first, it sounds great, there are you are sitting, while others have to stand all day at their jobs. If you were imagining a life on easy street, where you drive home feeling rested and relaxed, you are in for a surprise. Within the first three months at this job, I had already gained about 15 pounds. The extra weight I was carrying on me wasn’t because I had taken on a new weightlifting plan, it was because I was getting fat. My wife had actually showed me some pictures from that time and I couldn’t believe I was looking at a picture of me. I hadn’t noticed it, but eventually, the fat started to creep in. I hadn’t changed what I was eating, which were sack lunches made with meals I prepared.
The usual lighter sets that I had been doing were not enough to stop me from being chubby. My stomach now pooched out farther than it used to and my clothes started fitting me awkwardly. I had assumed that the stress of a new job may have had me overeating but the portions had stayed the same. To make it worse, I started being more aware of my co-workers, most of whom were not in the greatest shape. Eventually, I got out of that place because it just wasn’t the right match for me. Wouldn’t you know it, within a month of leaving that job, I started to get my old figure back! Why you should change the viewpoint that you have about having to do that one hour of exercise is that it removes all the lazy stuff you do throughout the day. If you find yourself heading home, after a long of work, to sit in front of the tv, a simple hour of training will wash away all of that free time.
Our bodies are made to be active and to move, when we change what our body wants, it can develop some serious medical issues. If you still aren’t convinced, try exercising, at a time you prefer, for just a week. If you challenge yourself to follow through this week, without making any exceptions, you will have had a whole week of not worrying that your sedentary life is going to catch up to you. It appears as if those commercials about the stand-up desk were really onto something. I will absolutely be spending more of my day up and at them, instead of sitting and waiting for a blood clot, yikes! To everyone out there who has a day job that leaves them sitting idly by while the hours pass, put that pent up energy to good use and set aside just sixty minutes out of your day.
All of those stories you hear about sitting down all of the time being bad for you have a portion of truth to them! Sitting does feel great and has to happen through the workday, just don’t let it be the way that you spend the majority of your day. To help drive the point home, I had gotten a call from a former co-worker at that same job I talked about earlier. He had to go to the hospital, one weekend, because the doctor had even told him sitting down as much as he did, which was about eight hours a day, would start affecting his health.