Saturday, September 5, 2015


By Mary Kennedy
Are you sitting down while you're reading this? (Maybe you should stand up!) Because I'm going to give you some not-so-fun facts about what sitting in your chair is doing to you. Here's the sad truth: You are shortening your life! As writers (and readers) know, sitting seems to be an occupational hazard. Yes, I know there are people who read and write standing up, and there are treadmill desks, but seriously, do you know anyone who uses one?
On the surface, your favorite chair may look harmless, even comfy. Reading, writing, checking e-mail, listening to music, who wouldn't want to curl up for hours on end?                                                      
Except there are those nagging statistics: The American Cancer Society studied 123,000 people over a 14 year period, and here's what they found.
*Women who sit for more than 6 hours a day were about 40% more likely to die during the course of the study that those sat fewer than 3 hours a day.
* People who work in a sedentary job have almost twice the risk of a particular type of colon cancer. Sitting also increases the risk of obesity (no surprise), type 2 diabetes and depression.
*Unfortunately the damage done by "sitting" can't be undone by adding exercise to your day. Sitting is just plain bad for you (like smoking.)
*OSHA recommends mixing non computer-related tasks into the workday.
So whether your chair is ultra-modern...
or fancy-schmancy...
it's hazardous to your health!
What to do? If you're fond of reading curled up in your favorite chair, why not try an audiobook? Have you visited the Incredible Indie Authors Audio page on FB?                                     
It has terrific suggestions for audio books that will delight you. So now you can listen and move.  Just keep moving, that's the key! Good luck. No more couch potatoes and we'll all be happier and healthier.
Mary Kennedy


Nicole said...

I read a report on this a few weeks back… It's very disturbing! Headed out for a walk now!!! :-)

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

Good for you, Nicole! I need to do the same thing. Have a great week-end!

Gram said...

Maybe "retail therapy" is really good for you...especially if you just look.

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

Yes, I think it is! Lots of walking and window shopping. Thanks for stopping by, Gram

Maggie Sefton said...

Well, I've been doing cardio----running 3 miles a day for years outside then switching to the treadmills to run because I don't want knee problems. And I don't have any of those nasty killer diseases despite having to be seated as a writer---and before that when working in offices as accountant. I think the secret is getting up frequently which I do to get another cup of tea, use the facilities, or do something I just remembered needed to be done.
I've been telling people for years and years that there really is a Magic Elixir in Life. It's called cardio exercise----even fast walking WITH arm swings heart high does the trick. But people don't want to hear it. They say yes, yes or roll their eyes. Why? Pardon my bluntness, it's simply because they have to get up and move their a**. Which is probably getting bigger and bigger over the years due to lack of exercise. Bad Maggie will get off her soapbox now. :)

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

Maggie, you are an inspiration!! You have a grueling schedule, you travel, you write marvelous books--I didn't know you ran 3 miles a day. That is fantastic!!! I think you're right about the need for all of us to get up off our collective a**'s. That has got to be the secret. We are shortening our lives by sitting too much...way too much! Thanks for stopping by and for being an inspiration to me.