Would you go for a walking coffee date/meeting with a friend or a colleague? Recently, I read Nilofer’s article where she boldly stated that sitting is the smoking of our generation. As harsh as that might sound, it's true. Sadly (or not) the 21st century is all about technology, whether it's work or play, and we tend to swap walking, strolling or outdoor activities for sitting, watching and browsing. It’s incredible to think that on average we sit about 9 hours a day while sleeping about 7 hours. Sitting became so prevalent that we don’t even question or realize how much we actually do it.
How long do you sit on average each day? I’m totally guilty of over-sitting. There are days that I have cooking clubs or a recipe day and I stand all day long, but there are others that I spend even up to 10 hours at my monitor working on projects, writing for exPress-o or doing a research. Knowing all that and being super inspired by Nilofer's article, I decided not to be a statistic anymore!
About 3 weeks ago I started scheduling my Tuesday morning breakfast dates with Sofia in a park. We used to meet in a Bistro down the road for a French toast and eggs breakfast, but now we just pick up a cup of coffee and an egg sandwich, put on running shoes and off we go. We walk for 1,5 hours instead of sitting. It’s not much but it’s already something and you know what? Tuesday just became my favourite day ever! I feel inspired, lighter, my mind is clearer and my brain is more absorbent. Can you imagine how much better we could feel if we made this into a long lasting habit? Are you game?
Psst: From now on, every Tuesday morning, I’ll tweet a photo of my walking path and if you decide to join in, just tweet yours too in a way that I can see it. We can be walking buddies even if we are in two different countries, continents, cities or neighbourhoods. Deal? xo
P.S: And the healther way to phone chit-chats!
P.P.S: Plus a few great ways to cope with stress.
(Photos by/via David Bellemere, Hamburg Kennedy, Hip Paris)