Jimmy Fallon: A recent study shows that standing at work for long periods of time is bad for you, after earlier research indicated that sitting for too long at work is bad for you. So really, the only thing we know is, work is bad for you.
Last week, a first-year attorney started working in our office. She hasn’t yet found out if she passed the bar, so I’m not sure if she can even be called an attorney yet. A coworker reminded her yesterday: “Don’t forget tomorrow is jeans day!” Excitement filled the air! We were jumping for joy!
Not really. At least for me, I was happy just to be more comfortable at work. Jeans are comfortable. To me, extra comfort would be a couch instead of an office chair and a bottomless coffee pot right at my work station. I thought about buying myself a mini-Keurig but I’d still have to walk all the way to the kitchen to fill it with water.
I will not complain, since the kitchen is literally twenty steps away from my desk. And the more coffee I drink, the more I’ll wish I had a port-a-potty at my work station.
With my upcoming new blog and new age coming in less than two weeks, I need to make some changes. Get up from my desk every hour. Walk to the kitchen. Walk to the bathroom or the file room. I just can’t sit on my ass for long periods of time!
Google sitting too long at work and you get a lot of stories about how unhealthy it is to sit for long periods of time. It’s actually quite depressing.
I’m sure you’ve heard about the studies that link excessive sitting with being overweight and obese, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, and early death. Sitting for long periods of time is thought to slow the metabolism, which affects the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and break down body fat.
If you have to sit, experts recommend sitting with upright posture, relaxing your shoulders, and not leaning forward. Keeping your elbows bent to a comfortable 90 degrees with your arms in tight to your body will reduce problems as well. Also, make sure that you’re doing activities outside of work instead of just going home to continue your daily sitting routine. However, some researchers have even claimed that exercising before or after work may not reverse the effects of extended sitting in the workplace.
My health insurance company offered me a telephonic coaching session to work on some health issues. I told my coach Karen about a video I recently watched on Facebook (while I was sitting, no doubt) of a gal who filmed herself dancing in place for a few minutes every day for months on end. She ended up losing quite a bit of weight from doing that daily activity (and I’m sure included sensible eating in the mix). I mentioned to Karen that I would try that. Start for a minute or two, five days a week, and work from there. I’ll be doing this in the privacy of my room, since this “dancing” shouldn’t be seen by anyone, including Leslie.