Weekly Challenge 3: The NOT Sitting Challenge

10 June 2013, Comments 2

photo from the smithsonian mag

After a very long hiatus, I’m bringing back the weekly challenges for you guys :) This week, it’s all about sitting, or to be clearer, NOT sitting. Sitting down is one of the things that the body should NOT be doing. The natural resting postions of our bodies is actually the squat. However, in man’s infinite wisdom (not), we decided to make things easier for us and invented the chair. Of course nowadays, the chair is an integral aspect in our lives, but it also becoming one of the top reasons for lower back and knee pain, among others.

The chair locks down the hips and creates tension on back. It also puts the lower back on flexion which causes back pain. It also keeps the knees and hips in flexion for extended periods of time which of course locks them down. The effect on us is so bad that as we get older, we actually start walking like we are still sitting on chairs. You’ve seen this with a lot of people hunched forward because all their joints are so used to the act of sitting down.

Now, we have to be realistic, sitting down is already ingrained in our lives so we can’t just start outlawing chairs. A solution would be a directive given by the WHO which will also be the challenge for this week:

For every hour of sitting down, stand up and walk around for at least 5 minutes.

This not only undoes the act of sitting and gives your joints the movement that they so crave, but it also gives your energy systems a small albeit relatively significant boost in workload that will help you regulate your weight. If you are awake for 16 hours, that’s 5 minutes x 16 = 80 minutes at least of walking. That’s 80 minutes that you previously didn’t have before.

If you work in the office, just take an hourly bathroom break. If you are constantly on the road, program in some stops on your route so you can stand up from the car and stretch and walk. It’s just 5 minutes.

So, will you join me in this challenge? I’d love to hear from you guys, comment away if you’re taking this on, and tell me about your experience. I’ve had a lot of game-changing ideas on my 5 minute walks, I’m sure you will too :)


2 responses on “Weekly Challenge 3: The NOT Sitting Challenge

  1. Zef says:

    Thanks for this. Now I know why I always feel exhausted even when I am actually just sitting the whole time while working. I am a call center agent so, my whole shift I don’t do anything else but sit in front of the computer and answer phone calls. At least now I know that I need to stand up five minutes per hour in my whole shift. Expecting good results tonight. :)

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