If you look back at this blog post I posted a year ago, you'll see that sitting for long periods of time really is incredibly bad for our health.
And, given that medical specialists recommend we aim to take 10,000 steps a day, it's pretty shocking to hear that the average office worker only takes about 2000 steps a day.
(I'm assuming this applies to office workers who either drive or are driven to work, instead of those who walk, bike, or take the bus.)
Given that I take the bus each day, I thought for sure I wasn't far off the 10,000 steps mark each day, so I started wearing a pedometer to double check.
And, yeah, the stats don't lie.
In an average work day -- assuming I don't hit the treadmill at lunch -- I reach no where near that 10,000 mark.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Work really does get in the way of life!
(.....Especially when 10 hours of my day is either spent at the office or commuting to-and-from said office......)
On days when I'm at home, it's much easier to accumulate several more steps, especially when answering the call of, "Mommy...!" at least 17,000 times a day. But, unfortunately, that's not usually my reality, so I'm having to make a more conscious effort to walk more each day.
Sharon Mallon, from the CFCW radio Morning Show, often talks about STEPtember, which is a fundraiser she's participating in that is also challenging her to take more steps.
The good news for her is that, given her work hours, she's often done early in the morning and can go home to take a nap for a bit before going for her daily 5 km walk.
Translation: it's not difficult at all for her to reach those 10,000 steps a day.
Which got me thinking.... maybe I, too, should work modified hours each day. I'm thinking a 10-2 work day (while still getting paid for a full day) would better suit my needs and help to create some much-needed harmony.
Yes, actually, the more I think about it, the more I realize that it would DEFINITELY work out better for the lifestyle I'd like to achieve.
And I'm pretty sure my employer will have no problem with this set up either....... right?!?