This weekend was very restful. My husband, a little sore and swollen from traveling, had a bit of jet lag. He had missed his lazy boy chair and made up for his absence by spending as much of this weekend as possible with his butt glued to the seat. Even though it was a beautiful sunny summer weekend, we kept mostly indoors napping and catching up on television programs. Yes, it’s a sedentary life. Each year it becomes more sedentary, at least for me. This might be the reason why I cannot stand for very long and often seem to be in pain.
My husband doesn’t get much activity, but what he does get is still more than twice of what I might do. Our workplace just completed a six-week challenge for employees to be more active. T-shirts and other prizes are awarded just for participating and the top go-getters will win nice prizes. When an employee signs up they select a daily step goal. The lowest goal they allow is 6000 steps. I am lucky if I walk 2000 steps a day. Over the six-week challenge, my husband walked more than twice of what I did. He does our shopping and most of the errands requiring walking. I hardly seem to go anywhere anymore besides work or over to my sisters. To become more sedentary, I am afraid, would mean being housebound. I’m probably heading that way and if I want to avoid it (I do), I need to start moving more.
While I work to change my eating habits, I also need to increase my activity level and decrease the total time spent sitting. I sit while I work, play at my computer, read, watch television, eat, and nap. I am a champion at sitting not walking. Last week, I walked an average of 1800 steps per day.