Researchers often aim to “figure it out” or determine the one factor that is the cause of whatever they are investigating. We want to know the magical component that can be THE cure. We live in a reductionist culture. This couldn’t be more the case when it comes to obesity and the quest to lose weight and find good health. There are so many theories surrounding why humans weights are climbing. Everything from hormones, antibiotics, low activity, stress, vitamin deficiencies (just to name a few) are being investigated. We actually want it to be one single component. We NEED it to be. Unfortunately, this is not the case.
There are so many roads I can go with this, but I am only tackling one contributing factor today. Sitting on our bums. The longer you sit, the more your risk of dying increases (sleeping time excluded, that you need of course). Now you may be thinking, “I workout most days of the week so I am good” and I am sorry to report you are wrong. The longer you sit without getting up and moving, the worse it is for you.
One discovery I have made in my travels has been converting to a standing desk. You may be thinking this is an expensive new age concept and my employer will never go for it. I introduce what my husband came up with.
My standing desk is made from an old side table we found in the basement in our downsizing quest (that post is for another time). A shelf for the key board and trackpad completes the set up for my docking station. I sit when I am with patients, stand while charting, and when I need to complete online trainings, back to the treadmill I go.” Even my watch reminds me to stand.