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FitDeck Blog with Founder Phil Black

Sitting is the New Smoking

Posted by Phil Black on August 1st, 2014

Smoking used to be the big villain when it came to health and wellness. Thanks to decades of education and marketing, smoking isn't nearly as prevalent or accepted as it used to be. We need a similar effort when it comes to the newest villain - sitting.


Warning: The Surgeon General Has Determined that Smoking is Dangerous to Your Health

I won't bother citing the research linking a sedentary lifestyle with disease. I think we all get it - not moving is not good for us. Movement = Life and it seems to be getting harder and harder to move around these days. Sometimes our environment is the culprit - sometimes it's our own dang fault.

Warning: The Surgeon General Has Determined that Sitting is Dangerous to Your Health

My relationship with sitting has taken a turn for the worse lately and I don't like it one bit. After all, I'm a fitness entrepreneur, a firefighter, former Navy SEAL, father of 4 young sons, and I live in San Diego. If I'm sitting too much, what chance do people have with 9-5 desk jobs in minus 10-degree weather?

After tracking my own "sitting time" (almost always at the computer), I was not pleased. I was also not happy with how my body was responding. My posture was suffering, my flexibility was decreasing, and I felt progressively worse. I started to search for a solution.

Hello? Earth to Phil... It finally struck me that I had already developed and sold tens of thousands of FitDecks that help counteract this plague known as sitting at a desk. It's called FitDeck Office. It's a FitDeck meant for people who spend inordinate time at their desks. I had become one of those people.

Lo and behold, I broke out my FitDeck Office and put it into service. Now, when I sit down at my desk (like I'm doing now), I set my phone to chime every 12 minutes. With every chime, I flip a FitDeck Office card and perform the 1-minute movement. It's not hard, I don't sweat, I don't need equipment, and it's done in 1-minute or less. Even if I'm on a phone call, I still flip a card and perform the movement.

Heck, people still sneak outside to take "smoke breaks". Why not a "FitDeck Break"?

No, my FitDeck Office habit is no substitute for my 5am cardio and strength workouts, but it does act as a pattern interrupt to an otherwise debilitating habit of sustained sitting. The exercises get my blood flowing, get my hands off the keyboard and mouse, and give my eyes a rest. While I prefer the physical cards for this application, lots of people like the mobile option too.

There are dozens of ways people around the world use FitDeck Office with great results. I now have a renewed appreciation for why. In my case, I'm using FitDeck Office as a simple way to remind myself not to sit too long without moving. While I didn't envision myself as a primary FitDeck Office user five years ago - I am now!

For more information on how corporations, including Nike, Kaiser Permanente, and others are using FitDeck in the workplace, click here.

Stay active,

Phil Black

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