If you have been reading my blog for any length of time you know that I am a nurse. In the nearly 30 years since I first began my career, nursing has changed ALOT. For the first decade or so I worked in the busy emergency department. We didn’t even have enough chairs for staff to sit in but frankly it didn’t matter because most of the time you were too busy to sit. One newly built department wasn’t even designed with a break room for staff–it was definitely a flaw but it spoke to how little sitting was done.
Today I am a different kind of busy. Yes there are days when I may walk back and forth to the hospital one, two sometimes even three times in a single day most of my time is spent on the phone, in front of a computer SITTING. Now let’s add in the hour plus commute each way and my classtime and time I spend blogging and a clear problem is revealed; I must have roots growing out of my backside.
In all seriousness this is really a problem. And I know I am not alone. For a while I was using a stability ball in my office but it got a hole in it, I do hope to buy a new one for my birthday though. I also try to stand at my desk but it is very difficult to type for any length of time because my body is contorted. I asked about the possibility of getting a treadmill desk, mostly because I was interested to hear the reply since I knew it wasn’t in the budget(most can’t even get headsets, I have one and am most thankful). I try to take the stairs when I am out and about and was even doing a stair challenge with some of my co-workers for a few weeks but somehow that has ceased. I do try to go outside for a walk during the day and need to be more faithful to that commitment. At home sometimes I will stand when I eat, I often do this if we go out for dinner and we are at the bar. But overall I find it hard to spend more time standing and less sitting. And according to everyone this is a major problem for us humans.
What are your habits? Do you sit too much or have you found ways to add more standing time into your day? I would really like to hear your ideas. I did include a few articles on the topic, all of which as pretty interesting.