Sitting is the New Smoking

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By Allyn Evans

“When did that happen?” I said out loud to my mirror as I looked at a new roll of something forming near my hips. I also had the thought: “Is my stomach sticking out more?”

It seemed to me that changes were happening more rapidly than they had in the past. Ahem, gravity tugging and the constant progression of time will do it every time. Sherlock, I think I got this one.

I am a mostly a regular exerciser, but in the last year, I have been living in a new place.  This meant, I had walked away from a regular routine—inexpensive personal training classes and had not found an equivalent replacement. Months later, I noticed changes I didn’t like. I didn’t take much action. Guess what happened next? It got worse!

I eventually reached a defining point, especially with summer is fast approaching.  I looked at my reflection in the mirror: “I gotta do something!”

As I said before, I was already doing something, but it was no longer enough. My new regimen consisted of walking and well, sort of jogging. I also took an aerial yoga class on Tuesday mornings, but I wasn’t doing squats and strength training anymore.



What’s a girl to do?

Not able to squeeze another drop out of my schedule and keep my sanity, I exercise-ball-at-deskstarted thinking about things to do that wouldn’t take more time. While watching a rerun of The Intern starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway, I was reminded of something a good friend told me one night at dinner: “I’ve been sitting on a ball for 10 years?”

“What? What does that even mean?”

“Instead of using a chair at my desk, I sit on a ball. It’s called a desk chair ball.”  He continued: “Really develops your core.”

I did find it interesting, but at the time, I was more pleased with my core. Timing is everything, right? So, I am watching the movie and one of the characters says in passing while at work: “You know, sitting is the new smoking…”


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Allyn Evans is a published author, former newspaper columnist, former college lecturer and long-time workshop facilitator who has a BA in psychology and an MBA. She has teamed up with two MDs at Samvit Wellness www.samvitwellness.org who believe being vital and healthy involves the whole person—body, mind and emotions.



Online editor for Hers magazine.

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