I am mobilized, off my butt, vertical! And it is fear that is driving me.
While I was researching an article I am writing on the health effects of prolonged sitting (I may be an expert on that ... the sitting part) I came across new research that showed that sitting for long periods of time without breaking it up can make you very ill, regardless if you exercise or not. Not just sore backs and necks ... we're talking diabetes and elevated blood and fats levels, larger waistlines and increased risk of cancer. Terrifying!
I sit tethered to my desk all day and often hours go by without me moving out of my chair or even standing up. And this winter, I logged more couch time that I am willing to admit. Kidlet's independence and her driver's license meant I was off the hook to taking her to practice most nights - more unexpected downtime.
So for some reason, that information I excavated has resonated with me a strange way. I find myself getting sudden urges to leap to my feet. Visions of a flattening backside propel me towards the treadmill. And the ring around my middle has me yearning to crunch. I am going to make a point of standing up when I talk on the phone - even at work.
I read that Nicolas Sparks the author sets his hourglass and takes five minutes at the start of every new hour to stretch and do sit-ups and push-ups. Maybe he read the info too.
I want to stay healthy and vibrant. I want to live for a very long time. So this aging thing, I can't take it sitting down!