Sitting is the new smoking.I'm not sure of its origination, but I am loving this new tagline for our unhealthy desk-sitting and mouse-clicking habits. I actually share it when facilitating workshops:
Alright, everyone up to the board with their post-its. This is good for you. Sitting is the new smoking.However, its been more than a schtick for me. It is a helpful reminder that I spend a significant amount of time at my desk, with shoulders hunched and wrists aching. This isn't a unique experience to me; I think anyone with a "desk job" can relate. Luckily, the new tagline comes with some really practical tools to mitigate:
Three Things I Do
- Stretch: About once an hour, I try to stretch my wrists and shoulders. Although I didn't plan it this way, I end up doing a lot of the stretches featured in this infographic.
- Breath: At least once per day, I try to take a few deep breaths. A lot of people talk about the benefits of meditation, but I rarely can focus that much! Instead, I just breathe. Early this year, as recommended by Fast Company, I downloaded and started using Stop, Breathe, and Think.
- Stand: Between tasks and meetings, I stand up and walk around. Sometimes, its just to refill my water; other times, its a good opportunity to practice walking the four corners.
Two Things I Wish I Did
- Stand: I know, I just said stand. But I'd like to take it to the next level with a standing desk. While visiting a colo in San Francisco a few weeks ago, I had a case of desk envy. See image above. I'll take one, please.
- Walk: I'm looking forward to warmer weather in New England, so I can take Nilofer Merchant's advice and start to schedule walking meetings.
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