5/1 Tuesday Day 1 SLBC: Why Sitting Is Harmful
Welcome to Sit Less Boot Camp!
Over the next 3 weeks we'll give you lots of ideas and resources for sitting less and moving more. Some of the daily challenges will be more appropriate for some folks than others, but we think there will be something for everyone. If you've participated in Sit Less Boot Camp before, welcome back!
We won't generally have a formal challenge on Sundays, but we’ll still be up and moving and we will have some supplemental readings for those who want to “dive deeper” in their understanding of how excessive sitting impacts their health.
I’m Denise (themedalist; a long-time MFP member) and I’ll be your guide over the next three weeks. A freak accident in 2012 cost me the ability to walk which was thankfully later restored, but the experience of losing my mobility made me realize what a gift it is to walk and move easily and now I want to nudge everyone to sit less and move towards a happier, healthier life. I am so excited that you are joining us for Sit Less Boot Camp!
What to Expect Over the Next Three Weeks
The first few daily challenges are intended to lay a good foundation for the rest of Boot Camp. They are reading and web-based exercises --- and can be done while standing up! Today we will be exploring why sitting is so bad for us. Since sitting is a habit we want to change, tomorrow we'll examine how habits work. There's been a revolution in the last 20 years in the scientific understanding about habits and I'll be sharing some of the key insights with you tomorrow. On Day 3, we'll be applying this habits knowledge to selecting our individual sit-less actions, something we'll prioritize over the next 3 weeks. We call this your “One Thing” and you'll use it to create your own customized sit less plan on Day 4.
Selecting and practicing your “One Thing” is really the heart of Sit Less Boot Camp. Our chief goal is to help you find one way to sit less -- something you will want to keep doing long after the Boot Camp is over. Something that's easy for you to do and something that you enjoy, or at least find acceptable doing.
To make it more interesting and give you as many ideas and resources for sitting less as I can over the next 3 weeks, we will be supplementing our One Things with two daily challenges: a main challenge and an alternative challenge. Each of these two daily challenges is a specific way to sit-less, something you may not have considered before. Select whichever daily challenge will work best for you. Making these challenges our focus for the day gives you an opportunity to “test drive” them and see if they are a good fit for you. Sometimes people like a daily challenge so much that they decide to make it their new One Thing. If that happens to you, go for it!
And with that backdrop, let's begin!
Theme: What's the Problem with Sitting Too Much?
Today’s Challenge: What's the problem with sitting so much? Our first daily challenge explores this topic, so please spend a few minutes checking out some of the resources below. And why not stand up while you review them?
Is Your Chair Killing You Softly?
Why Sitting Too Much Is Seriously Bad for Your Health