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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Sedentary Athlete

Isn't this an oxymoron?

Apparently I need to do more than workout at least 30 minutes a day to live a fit lifestyle. I just read an interesting article on, Are You a Sendentary Athlete? The author discusses how we need to do more than workout.

According to Neville Owen, speaker at the American College of Sports Medicine's Annual Meeting (Seattle, May '09), the average person sits 9.3 hours a day. This is A LOT of sitting! I probably sit more than this. I'm glued to my computer for my day job and when I teach online, this adds another 2 to 3 hours of sitting.

The fact that I work from home doesn't help. I get out of the bed in the morning and walk less than four feet into my office. There are days I'm in this office from 7:30am until midnight. In the past, there were days I did't leave the house.

I've been making a conscious effort to take frequent breaks and stand (and stretch) more often during the day. I'm also finding more excuses to run up and down the stairs.

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