We read. We write. We sit.



According to recent reports, sitting 5 hours a day is the equivalent of smoking a pack and a half of cigarettes.


I have felt the effects, and make an effort to get up more often, moving around, stretching, feeding myself, etc.

In the process, I discovered an interesting bit of information on those less heralded forms of activity/exercise and wanted to share it here.

Here is one about creative writing.

For one hour of writing a person weighing:
100 pounds burns 72 calories,
125 pounds burns 89 calories,
150 pounds burns 107 calories,
175 pounds burns 125 calories,
200 pounds burns  143 calories,
225 pounds burns 161 calories, and
250 pounds burns 179 calories.

It is said that the human brain utilizes about 20 percent of the calories required in a day.

To calculate other very regular daily activities, this chart includes some interesting numbers.

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71 Responses to Sedentary

  1. TanGental says:

    Ah a feel good post I knew it was healthy really

  2. OH CRAP! I’m in such trouble, Van. I sit for about 10 hours a day. Yikes. Time to change up the routine. Thanks for the life-saving info!!!

  3. LaVagabonde says:

    I’m dealing with this right now, like right at this second. Waiting for the skies to clear up so I can FINALLY go outside for a walk. It’s been a cold, crappy spring and I’ve hardly been able to walk outside at all. I’m also trying to prod my husband into walking more. He sits all day, every day in front of his computer. Very dangerous!

    • I understand. My husband’s Dr. is helping in the effort to get him walking. Was advised to raise his HDL, the good cholesterol, by exercise. It’s working for him. Good luck, Julie. ❤️

  4. kingmidget says:

    It’s never been because of health reasons, just a kind of restlessness, but when I’m at work I am always getting out of my chair and out of my office. If I need to meet with somebody, I go to their office instead of them coming to mine. I get up and wander around a lot, just to get up and out of my office. I probably rarely sit in my chair for more than 20-30 minutes at a time. Of course, with all of the combined sitting at meetings and in my office and then at home, I’m sure I sit for more than 5 hours each day, but I find it hard to believe that sitting for that amount of time spread out over an entire day is really that bad Is it?

  5. Just Plain Ol' Vic says:

    Interesting. Write more = less time on the elliptical. 👍😁

  6. Erika Kind says:

    Wow, I am really burning 72 calories per hour while writing? Cool! Also, whenever possible I stand while writing. I am spending many hours on my laptop and sitting is really no fun for so long!

    • Funny memory. I worked in an office that had those adjustable desks, sit to stand feature. I mentioned one day that doing the same computer activity, but standing, burned so many more calories. In unison, all the folks around me raised their station to a stand position. Most took to sitting soon again, though. ☺

      • Erika Kind says:

        Haha… when you say something about losing weight effortlessly everybody listenens. But yes, comfort (or lazyness) often succeeds… lol!

  7. Running Elk says:

    It’s ironic that I need to put on weight in order to burn more calories… :p

  8. What an interesting article! Thanks for sharing, Van. 🙂

  9. Bradley says:

    At the rate my brain thinks and changes topics, I should be incredibly skinny at this stage.

  10. Val Boyko says:

    Thanks for the reminder to get out of my head and seated butt and get my body moving Van!!

  11. George says:

    What an interesting fact about sitting around and how it relates to smoking. That’s crazy. I try to walk 3-4 miles a day and do yard work as much as possible but the winters are tougher to keep active. Maybe I need a warmer climate..:)

  12. Mysticalwriter says:

    Reblogged this on Mysticalwriter.

  13. Norah says:

    When I was in the classroom I was on my feet all day, walking around helping the children. It was an active lifestyle. Now that I’m writing I am sitting most of the day. I notice the difference it has made to my fitness levels. I’m not a lover of exercise but I need to do something. Just this week I have thought about how I can add a little more movement into each day. There is one step between my dining and lounge room and I need to walk past it every time I leave my desk during the day. I decided that each time I pass the step I need to stop and do 50 step ups (200 steps in all). It’s not a lot, but it’s a start. Hopefully the number will increase as I go, and maybe I’ll need to make sure I get up more often!

    • Every step counts, Norah. Sounds like a good plan.☺ In most areas, Ranch style homes are the best sellers…maybe because of us aging baby boomers who want to do away with stairs. It has been found that folks who live in 2 story homes live an average of 5 years longer, just because of using the stairs. ☺

  14. Nurse Kelly says:

    Great post, Van! Yes, any movement counts! Guess that’s why I was “okay” with rage yoga! I mentioned something about sitting too much with writing a while ago in a post I wrote, and linked to a recent study that said for every 1 hour of sitting, we should get up and walk for at least 5-10 minutes to keep the vessels in our legs healthy. When we sit for too long, blood pools in our legs because our muscles aren’t contracting and pumping the blood back to the heart. The vessels can become impaired in their ability to expand due to sitting for too long, and that leads to a person’s risk for heart disease, as well as other health issues.
    (I think I’ve mentioned that study a dozen or more times around the interwebs just trying to get the word out!) Thanks again for posting this helpful information! xo

  15. wow Van a huge eye opener!

  16. I like the part of burning calories when writing, though my scale never tells the truth.

  17. I need to write WAY MORE.
    great post Van

  18. Yikes, I should set up a treadmill to power my laptop!

  19. writerinsoul says:

    Van, there’s a book, “Get Up!” that I have out from the library as I write this. I think the subtitle is “how your chair is killing you” or something like that. The premise is essentially that people should be up and on their feet MOST of the time. You might be interested.

  20. As an unemployed wheelchair user, I spend most of my day, and all evening on my laptop, even while the TV is on. Hmm. . . I wonder how many packs that would be…

  21. Thinkdigest says:

    Wow I have thought about this before you just cleared my doubts. Thanks for sharing with us. You’re awesome.
    Much love,Georg

  22. Thinkdigest says:

    Will do so but not yet time need to burn more lol.😊

  23. Laura says:

    Whoa…so I can burn calories by WRITING?! That is seriously cool.

  24. joey says:

    One of the doctors I read wrote about 15 minutes of activity of every hour seated, so I do 15 minutes of activity per hour when I’m at my computer. I’m not saying it’s because I have anxiety disorder, but it’s probably because I have anxiety disorder. A surprising number of tasks can be accomplished in 15-20 minute intervals 🙂
    My husband is getting a standing desk at his new job. He used to run. He doesn’t run now, I worry about him. And he’s a meat eater. Thank tacos we quit smoking.
    I walk and bang tennis balls and dance and garden and yoga, too, but not every single day — it can’t be good to sit so much…

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