It seems it’s not just writers but all of us have problems with sitting at their desks for long periods of time.
On ‘Call You and Yours’, Radio 4, yesterday Shari Vahl explored what it will take to get us moving as new research from the Ramblers says a third of adults wouldn’t consider walking more than twenty minutes to get from one place to another. That’s even though NHS advice is for a hundred and fifty minutes a week!
So, easily influenced as I am, I forsook my bike yesterday (see previous blog) and walked. I walked briskly to some stirring songs on my ipod for about 45 mins., and surprisingly I found it more tiring than cycling. I did feel good though and my tyrant bum seemed to benefit from this exercise. I could imagine my gluteus maximus tightening and firming up.
Also, as the programme advised, I am now standing at my computer to write this blog. The programme asked why employers were prepared to pay vast sums for ergonomically designed office chairs but were reluctant to invest in standing tables in the work place. Invest? They don’t need to spend anything as I have discovered; they just need to get their employers to bring in their suitcases and place them on top of their desks and then perch their laptops/keyboards on top of those. Simples!
Would you consider standing up all day at work as a solution? But isn’t standing hard on the feet, not to mention the back I hear you say? How do we persuade the office workers, the drivers, the couch potations to change their habits and really use the stairs not the lift? Prove to us that there’s not going to be another survey that tells us something different tomorrow, might be a start.