Sitting is the New Smoking

May 12, 2012 · 16 comments

Last week was a whirlwind. It went by in the blink of an eye. The Fitness Magazine Blogger Meet and Tweet happened so quick and then I was headed back to Boston for the Reebok Blogger event that I wasn’t able to fully share some of the helpful insight and tips that I picked up.

So what exactly was this event? It was for bloggers and featured dieticians, nutritionists, personal trainers, authors, successful bloggers and one soccer star. There were panel discussions that featured Fitness editors asking the experts questions. We were able to ask our own at the end.

Tip #1 from Drop Dead Health author AJ Jacobs

Sitting is the new smoking. It’s a serious health hazard that has gone largely unnoticed until now and being blamed for a number of ailments, including the obvious, Obesity. AJ told us that he actually wrote his book on a desk treadmill. Twelve hundred miles later, he finished.

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Tip #2 from Drop Dead Health author AJ Jacobs

AJ has tried almost every diet and fad exercise. Here are the answers he discovered along his journey: Squeeze contextual exercise into every part of your day. Contextual exercise is making daily tasks into fitness. Literally run your errands instead of walking. When you squat down to talk eye to eye level with your child, squat as you would in the gym and stand back up. Make movement count and do it often. Quantify the amount of exercise you do. Wear a heart rate monitor, write down what you eat, wear a Fitbit, etc. Harness the power of peer pressure, using social media if you are a blogger. Tell people about your goals and make them help you stick to them. Eat a diet mostly in plants and low in refined carbs. Respect your older self. Studies have shown that people eat healthier when they image themselves in the future. Get a picture made online aging yourself and post it to the fridge! Reduce the noise in your life. People who work in noisy environments tend to have worse heart health. Reduce stress in your life and don’t obsess over what you eat!

Tip #3 from Keri Gans & Tanya Zuckerbrot

Cleanses are a waste of money! You cannot stay doing it for a long period of time and the weight will come back. You lose fat and muscle and then just gain back it all in form of fat!

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Tip #4 from Keri Gans & Tanya Zuckerbrot

If you are trying to lose weight, working out on an empty stomach in the morning helps you burn more fat for fuel. Otherwise, snack on carbs before your workout and eat protein after. See what my top pre and post workout meals are here.

Tip #5 from Personal Trainer Joe Dowdell

If you are trying to change your body, doing a different program every day is not helpful. Your muscles need to actually remember what they are doing and it will be less effective if you change your workout every session. Joe said if your trainer walks into a session without a program in hand, and doesn’t keep track of weight lifted, number or sets or reps, to walk out. It’s time to get a new one. Aim to do the same program for at least 3-4 weeks.

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Tip #6 from Personal Trainer Joe Dowdell

If your goal is to get leaner your number one priority should be diet. Second, should be getting enough sleep. Third is to moderate strength training with short resting periods. Fourth is interval training, which is cardio with short intervals, think sprint for one minute, recover for 90 seconds repeat 10 times with a 5 minute warm up and 5 minute cool down. Fifth is aerobic intervals which are long intervals such as 5 minutes of challenging cardio followed by 2 minutes of easy pace exercise, repeat 3 times with a warm up and cool down. Lastly, steady state cardio should be what you do if you want to lean out. This is a long cardio workout at the same intensity the entire time. This is similar to the program Joe gave me last June.

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I had an amazing day catching up with pals Theodora and Tina, and meeting blog buddies Julie, Courtney and Ashley for the first time! I’m running Reach The Beach with Theodora, Ashley and Tina next week! Afterwards, we all went to dinner organized by the lovely Natasha of Physique 57 at Tortilla Flats. I opted for the shrimp fajitas which were delicious and filling! It went nicely with the pitcher of margaritas I shared with Tina and Theodora.  Going out to dinner with 15 ladies is never an easy task. Usually it gives me anxiety but we were able to split the bill without drama and all was well! Female victory in my opinion if you ask.

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A few of us headed out to another bar afterwards for one last beer, snapping a picture along the way. Props to Natasha for bringing me to a place where I requested I could “drink a beer and watch sports.”

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Although the sports were MIA, the beer was amazing and so was this spot. We arrived at the Standard Beer Garden and were happy to see a packed house. In Boston, places rarely get this crowded on a Wednesday at 10:30 PM. I got the blonde beer, posed for a creepy picture, drank it quickly and called it a night.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sana May 12, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Love the creeper pic :)

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2 Cassey @ Blogilates May 13, 2012 at 2:05 am

wow that outfit and hair are stunning on u! wish i coulda been there!!!

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3 Sarah May 14, 2012 at 9:29 pm

I felt bad, no everyone changed after our sweaty workout but clearly I did! :)

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4 Kait @runkaitrun May 14, 2012 at 1:45 am

Love the 6 tips you include- sums it all up well. I’m actually just starting to read drop dead healthy, jealous you got to hear him speak!

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5 Sarah May 14, 2012 at 9:30 pm

We got the book at the event and I’m excited to read it! It sounds interesting and similar to what I feel like I’ve done in the past but on the next level!

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6 Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction May 14, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Hi girl! Just wanted to say that I really love your blog!!! From one Bostonian to another! This event looks like it was a blast, and I amd super jealous of you guys!! I love the first tip “Sitting is the new smoking”. That is so true! That’s probably ther #1 reason why I quit my previous desk job, I hated sitting down for so long! I felt like I was just watching my life drift away while I sat behind a computer and inputted data all day. Not good!

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7 Sarah May 14, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Thanks so much! I love Boston so much :) Glad you like my blog. What did you change your job to?

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8 Jay May 14, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Fabulous post today Sarah, really enjoyed the tips, and have to admit I am a little jealous, wish I could have attended. Look forward to reading about your Reebok Crossfit experience. Thank you.

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9 Sarah May 14, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Thanks Jay! There was obviously more information at the event but thought these were the most helpful/controversial and overall interesting. Reebok post will be up Wednesday the latest! I brought my videographer who has all my footage!

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10 NatashaAttal (@natashaattal) May 14, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Love how you outlined some of the most important tips from the Fitness Magazine event. I also like the Tortilla flats photos (of course). It was so fun hanging out with you. Hope to see you again soon (at Physique 57 or somewhere else)! Maybe I need a trip to Boston soon.. :)

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11 kristen May 15, 2012 at 4:05 pm

love your white top, wheres it from?

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12 Sarah May 15, 2012 at 4:07 pm

I got it at Saks but it’s made by Splendid, It is the SOFTEST shirt EVER. I’m obsessed and might get it in a few other colors!

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13 Caitlin May 17, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Aw bummed I missed this Tortilla Flats fiesta, I had to get home! The pitcher of margs sounds too perfect. I love shrimp fajitas! That’s one of my go-to orders at a Mex place.

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14 Rooney August 31, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Sarah-would love to see the workout program you reference on crushing the course. The link is dead. Could you repost somewhere?
Thank you!

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15 Roberta September 14, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Spot on with this write-up, I really feel this site needs a
lot more attention. I’ll probably be returning to read more, thanks for the information!

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16 Pack October 26, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Thanks so much for these tips. I’m glad to see folks spreading the word about the dangers of sedentary lifestyles. Have you come across any studies that have measured the activation levels of the deep postural muscles while sitting in half and full lotus? I’m curious how they compare to conventional sitting or standing. Does sitting on the floor or squatting lead to the same shut down of metabolism that sitting in an office chair or in front of a TV does? For example, would active sitting on this Yoga Chair, (http://mysoulseat.com/)make a difference in measures of sedentariness?

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