How To Burn Calories While Sitting - Blog Writers

Last Update: February 25, 2018

I thought I would try and write something useful as my one a week - er I know it's supposed to be twice a week per SWAG, writing a blog here at WA - but oh my gosh the week is ending right now!

Yesterday I sat a lot. But I got a couple of hours in editing blog posts in the morning. Then had a variety of activity before I got to resume at the keyboard.

Later, I consulted my pedometer and realized that I had a couple of thousand steps to go because Sitting Is The New Stroke, right?

Anyone else tired of hearing that?

Because everyone is different and millions if not billions will never have a stroke.

However, moving is important for lots of reasons. That's why years ago I wrote about sitting on a fitness ball at your desk. It helps to know how to burn calories while sitting.

I have one at work and one at home.

(No, that's not me in the pic above and I don't recommend back bends unless you're really in shape!)

And I learned some exercises to do while sitting at a desk.

I recall that in an early training Kyle says if you can't write, get out and take a walk.

That's not always convenient, but putting on some up beat music, whether it's Deadmau5 or Mozart, and just bouncing for five minutes really helps. About 500 steps on the pedometer.

Or just stand up and walk on the spot for 5 minutes. Use a timer!

Also, it's been noted that mere fidgeting burns calories while sitting! Fidgeting is much easier on the fitness ball. You are actually always making tiny movements on it, just to stay in place.

Another benefit is that there is no pressure on the spine. I was getting some sciatic pain from sitting a while ago but it's gone now that I've moved to the ball.

While this post is a little tongue-in-cheek, it's also deadly serious. Because oh my gosh how many hours a week do we sit?

Especially at my age range - no reveal!

Here's another way to stay in shape. Use the time you watch Netflix or Prime video or cable, to walk on the spot (alternating with 60-90 second running intervals 3-5 times).

We bloggers have determined goals and we all want to retire our 9-5, send kids to college, travel more or just spend more time with loved ones, right?

But, we can't sit for an extra 20 hours a week without some negative effects.

Just my thoughts for this week.

What are your thoughts about how to sit at a desk or stay fit, as a writer?

Or, your thoughts at the end of this week? How's it going?



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AlanJE Premium
Hi Dianne
That´s a good recommendation. I never thought of sitting on a fitness ball its a good idea, and I´ll try it out. I suppose you can exercise stomach muscles while sitting, but not much else? It´s a good idea to have breaks every hour or so and move around a little. Best Alan
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DianneBee Premium
Hi Alan. You will exercise all your core muscles. It's pretty good for that.
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gbsun Premium
Hi Dianne, That's a great idea! Thank you.
Gina
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denara2017 Premium
Thanks, I'll think real hard and very long about exercise while I am at the computer.
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TaniaHersel Premium
The ball is a great idea. I would like a standing desk too.
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DianneBee Premium
A milk crate size box makes a great stand up desk! Getting the keyboard height just right really helps too.
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TaniaHersel Premium
Oh that is a great idea...thank you.
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XavierPerez1 Premium
Great tips, I try to stretch , extremely every half hour or so, but i had not thought of the ball thing. Gonna look into it. Thanks

Xav.
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DianneBee Premium
Stretching is so important because when sitting we're shrinking the front of our body all day.
A runner's lunge stretches the front of spine out nicely.
Stretching the arms backwards opens up the shoulders.
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Djefferds Premium
I have often thought about this same subject. I have considered using a stand up desk.
thanks Dave
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DianneBee Premium
I have a taller table I sometimes use Dave. It can be quite comfortable.
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Give It A Go Premium
Great post Dianne. I was just thinking about this problem this very morning. I love your ideas.
Ange
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DianneBee Premium
Getting in exercise and some stretching too isn't easy! Cheers.
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Calmkoala Premium
Hi Diane really positive and motivating hints and tips for health and wellbeing. Enjoyable too! Sue :)
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Print Premium
Hey, it is my understanding that drinking ice water can also help us burn calories. This works because the body must expend energy to heat the water, thus we burn calories!

Maybe combine sitting on the ball and drinking ice water.
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DianneBee Premium
This is true! You can even use an ice pack across the shoulders for a few minutes. That also turns white fat to brown fat, easily burned off.
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MarkBa Premium
Agree. I take breaks often and unless I have to sit I also like to spend time standing while I do things too. ~Mark
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Armlemt Premium
I was ill for several years and spent most of my time lying down and not moving. I'm moving more now, but I have no core left, so I am having to go to physical therapy to get my core back. I have less pain on the ball than on the table or standing or really anything else.

I have a lot of back problems and sciatic nerve issues, so sitting in any one position for too long is painful. I'm pretty sure most of my back problems are from lifting and moving patients (sometimes in odd positions) as a paramedic and EMT. I'll have to try sitting on a ball.

Thanks for the post!

Anita
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DianneBee Premium
Hi Anita - you've been through a lot! The ball is wonderful because it moves with you and puts zero pressure on the spine.
You can get a chair with the ball in it now, a couple of different versions. Cheers!
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Armlemt Premium
Thanks for the info! I'll keep it in mind!
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buffetearns Premium
Thanks Diane!

Wayne
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CowboyJames Premium
Sitting to much is no good. I get up several times and move about.
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DianneBee Premium
It's good to get up at least every hour. When I'm really intent on writing I use a timer because I can write for hours!
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suzieq Premium
I know eh. We sit so much more with this business. Thankfully my grandchildren get me up fairly often lol
Cheers
Suzanne
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DianneBee Premium
The best kind of interruptions, I'm sure!
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Cindyda1 Premium
All good ideas...I too try to get up and move too...if I don't and I sit for hours I can barely get up at all! I am convinced sitting will kill you! And that has been my job requirement most of my life.

Thank goodness I stay a nervous wreck and most of the time I can't sit still even in my chair! ;-)
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MKearns Premium
I have been forcing myself to get up from sitting every 15 minutes Diane and it works wonders for me!
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ContentBySue Premium
I like the idea of sitting on a yoga ball for balance and burning a few extra calories, but I have very limited space living in a motor home. I've been trying harder to just get up and move more. Sometimes easier said than done.

All the best,
Sue
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DianneBee Premium
That's an extra challenge! I have a very small place, just big enough to fit a ball in! Cheers, Sue.
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bigrog44 Premium
Thanks for sharing, Dianne
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codevonish Premium
Exercise is the No 1 medicine and it can be free. Thanks for sharing.I am very mindful, I sit or recline a lot..
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verazhelvis Premium
So-so very true and timely post, thank you...
We all know what is right, and rarely do it. Just stand up and do some hula-hooping or sit-ups, or whatever... Just come up to the window and look at some object at a distance. Drink water throughout the day.
Is this all this difficult? Or as you rightly say, , we can do some things even sitting.:)
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Calmkoala Premium
Vera, thanks for the window hint, after watching a close screen it is really important to use your long distance vision regularly too! Sue :)
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verazhelvis Premium
Yep, pretty simple. But do we do this? :))
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DianneBee Premium
This is important! I wrote an article once about studies that showed that the brain works better and workers are more productive if they can see greenery and sky.
Those docs thought that the brain measured as much productivity when rooms without windows had posters of nature on the walls.
However, I once had a doctor tell me that the health of the endocrine system depended on 'how far away you can see'.
I'm glad I have a window!
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verazhelvis Premium
Yep! And it's important to do it not just once a day...:)))
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