“Sitting is the new smoking.”
It’s killing us and we know it. It’s called inactivity. We sit too much. “But Grandma Pat. I have a job and a million excuses.” Me too.
And then I had lunch with one of my monthly dates, Audrey. She’s a knitter and a killer artist with colored pencils. She’s also in her 80’s, which means our discussions occasionally veer into talk about good health and staying active. Audrey, noticing her lack of activity, came up with her own plan to confront this. It’s her “45 and Go” plan.
Audrey engages in her sitting endeavors for 45 minutes (Or did she say an hour? We also talk about memory) and then gets up and does something that requires her to move/not sit. It could be cleaning a cupboard or dusting a room or dancing. That’s a 15 minute interval.
At the end of the 15 minutes, timer set, it’s back to sitting activities, or inactivities.
Besides dancing, 15 minute intervals might involve a room-of-the-day. Can you see a clean house by the end of a month! The interval could also be used for cooking, finally doing something with those leftovers in the fridge. Audrey said she feels so much better now that she’s put additional movement into her life.
I set the timer on my phone for 45 minute sit times and the timer on my stove for the 15 minute intervals. I’m dedicating today’s intervals to the downstairs bathroom and to converting some of the world’s best soup into borscht. I have some roasted beets that need attention.
Switch time, from sitting to moving, is also a good time to drink 8 ounces of water. Can you see all the wonderful benefits that could come from a “45 and Go” program! Can you see the look on your supervisor’s face when you get up after 45 minutes at your desk and start cleaning the break room!
OK. Nothing’s perfect.
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.