The Guardian article ‚Do you work more than 39 hours a week? Your job could be killing you’ got me thinking. It’s sentences like these that got me alerted: ‘Employees who were sedentary for more than 13 hours a day were twice as likely to die prematurely as those who were inactive for 11.5 hours. The authors concluded that sitting in an office for long periods has a similar effect to smoking and ought to come with a health warning.’
I’m not worried about weekends and probably shouldn’t be worried about the overall exercise that I get. My wife’s and my New Year’s resolution is that we will run a half marathon every month this year (starting with Seville next weekend). And for example, today, I already went for a 11k run.
But my typical work week is what’s worrying me. As a management consultant, I generally spend Monday to Thursday on client site, working long hours and not really managing to do much sports. Well, I always try to cycle from the hotel to the client office and back and generally avoid hotels that are too close to the client office. But is that enough, particularly as I certainly do work more than 39 hours a week? Probably not…
Therefore, I decided to turn on the activity tracker on my Garmin watch and will aim for 10,000 steps a day. I hope this will help me to overcome habits and convenience and to have a more active day. I think it’s little things like going for a walk after lunch, using the stairs instead of the elevator when commuting between floors, etc. Or, as I don’t only tend to sit a lot of time at my desk but also on trains (even usually getting my dinner served at my place instead of going to the restaurant car out of the convenience of not having to leave my luggage and computer unattended), my expectation is that the activity tracker will help me to take more conscious decisions and to develop on overall more active lifestyle again. With the target of 10,000 steps a day, I guess I might have to go for evening walks quite regularly. Surely a good thing.