Sit Less To Save Money

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Sitting is the new smoking, it seems. While the medical establishment has long been trying to get people to become more active, various studies have been focusing on the negative effects of sitting too long rather than simply looking at the positives of exercise. A recent study showed that sitting less than three hours per day may add up to two years to your life expectancy. It’s no longer enough to exercise thirty minutes a day. You have to keep moving all day long.

While it’s definitely a benefit to your health to keep moving, I see it as a benefit to your wallet, as well. Many things that we spend money on either require us to be seated, or result in us sitting even more. Mea


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6 Responses to Sit Less To Save Money

  1. jay says:

    Good points. I suspect, though, a lot of the sitting -or even worse, standing- is at work, for which there are few solutions (your cited study’s examples were pretty minimal and not universally applicable, much less acceptable).
    Since you can get just as tired at work while sitting/standing, coming home to a host of physical chores can be daunting -even it you’ve technically the time to do them. Hence, we’re tempted to pay others to do them.

    That said, one of the best pieces of advice from years ago is “walk your dog … even if you don’t have one” or, as you suggest, walk your neighbor’s dog.

  2. Diane says:

    I agree! I’m in favor of moving as much as possible. Since I work at home, I sometimes work standing up with the laptop on the table or counter. I enjoy gardening, lawn work & walking for relaxation… guess I’m just lucky that I enjoy activity!

    When I worked full-time in an office I still managed to do the yard work & keep the house clean, while being a single parent to 2 active boys & getting them to soccer & coaching, scouts, camping ~ didn’t have a spare minute to sit unless I was driving somewhere.

    I think people have gotten somewhat lazy & spoiled… & developed the habit of sitting instead of moving.

  3. BD Williams says:

    Its funny that I stumbled on this article today. I just told my wife I wanted to cancel our cable subscription because I feel we are wasting our life in front of the television.

  4. Gail says:

    I wish I could spend more time up and moving. Having to spend hours sitting with my feet propped up every day and not being able to do what I want activity-wise is ahuge bummer. Doing the dishes requires sit down breaks for me every 5-10 minutes. Just about every activity I have had to figure out a way to accomplish it sitting. In other words, don’t get a really bad disease that takes the starch out of you. If I don’t sit with my legs up my ankles swell up so bad and are very painful on top of other pain I have just isn’t worth it.

    That being said I agree very much with the article. I used to part far away from entrance doors just to get the walking in. I used to walk a mile to work, worked on my feet all day and walked hom again. My weight stayed where it was supposed to and I felt good. Wish I could have those days again!

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  6. Valerie says:

    Great article.

    I was surprised by this recent study. Those who do cardio for a set time a few times a week and are sedentary are worse off than those who don’t sit a lot.

    Having lots of dogs, a cat, 2 birds and an aquarium – I don’t sit still or if I do not for long.

    Yet another benefit of pet ownership (all except the fish are rescues).

    Also have a garden and that takes some maintenance and is excercise.

    And cooking from scratch you do have to stand and move.

    Am taking this a step further (no pun intended) by doing leg lifts, squats and heel raises while doing kitchen work.

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