Many of us have heard the saying that “Sitting is the new smoking.” In other words, a sedentary lifestyle is just as likely to kill you as smoking. As our economy has shifted from largely farming, manufacturing and manual labor jobs to more service oriented occupations with longer commutes, Americans spend more time sitting than ever before.
As one of the millions of Americans who sit behind a desk all day, this was really brought home to me recently when my partner gifted me with a FitBit Charge 2. I set my daily goal at 10,000 steps. I was completely stunned at how little I was moving during the work day. Thanks to the FitBit, I receive a gentle vibrating reminder every hour between 9:00 and 5:00 to get up and get in 250 steps for the hour. Often I am startled that another hour has passed without having moved from my desk.
The best thing the FitBit has done is raise my awareness of just how sedentary my work day really is. Even though I work in New York City and have more opportunities to walk than many office workers in other cities (to and from subway stations, train platforms, etc.), it just isn’t enough to get in those daily steps without a real concentrated effort. Before the FitBit, I just assumed when I arrived home tired each evening, that all of my running around the office was enough to get me to the magic number of 10,000 steps.
If you have a sedentary job, I strongly encourage you to get some type of fitness tracker – especially one that will remind you to get up and move. I do my best to get up each hour and get the required number of steps. Just one small thing I can consistently do to improve my health. Tracking my steps has been invaluable to me and once again, I have my loving partner to thank.