No More Sitting Around – My New Life Standing Up

Here’s me in my “One Love” shirt a few days ago.  Obviously my editing with MS Paint didn’t turn out too well.  Oh well, don’t expect too much from amateurs!

Looks can be deceiving.  It appears that I’m a DJ-like demi-god, when in fact I am simply doing my Employment Counselling job in a different way.   My montor is now propped up on a black garbage can, and the keyboard and mouse on a keyboard raiser-upper thang.

After the news I read a couple weeks ago on Sitting Too Much Is Killing Us, I decided to take action.  So now I stand as little as possible, at work, at home, everywhere.

Remember that recent Australian study I quoted in that last Sitting post?  Well, in it they said:

Prolonged sitting is a risk factor for all-cause mortality, independent of physical activity. Public health programs should focus on reducing sitting time in addition to increasing physical activity levels . . .

High volumes of sitting time have possible associations with increased risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer.– 

Recent analyses of prospective studies have suggested that all-cause mortality is adversely associated with television viewing,– 11 recreational screen time,12 sitting during leisure time,13sitting in a car,10 sitting during main activities (eg, work, school, and housework),14 and occupations that involve prolonged sitting.15 A recent meta-analysis showed television viewing was associated with higher risks of type 2 diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, and all-cause mortality.16 However, not many studies have looked at the effect of total sitting time on all-cause mortality.

The Australians attempt to provide the lacking research, and  finally stated:

In conclusion, prolonged sitting is a risk factor for all-cause mortality. Shorter sitting times and sufficient physical activity are independently protective against all-cause mortality not just for healthy individuals but also for those with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, overweight, or obesity.

So that frankly freaked me out.


I decided to do away with my sedentary lifestyle and embrace a new life of Standing-Most-of-the-Time.

At first, I was tired a lot, and had a bit of muscle pain from my lower back down to the bottom of my gluteus maximus, the group being known as the gluteal muscles (20 and 21 in the chart below):

So these muscles were aching for a couple days, but right now I’m doing much better.  The muscles are developing in strength, similar to your fingers when you learn to play guitar, piano or drums.

I encourage all of you out there throughout Planet Earth to abandon your lazy prolonged sitting lifestyle and adopt the new life of Standing-Most-of-the-Time.  It works wonders.  And you’ll avoid all the critical illnesses in the future.  Or least face them less.  Work on your diet, and avoiding pollution, and hey, you’ve got it made in the shade.

Yours for health,


dimitri.pravdin (*a*)


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Hi, I´m Dimitri. I have lived in Turtle Island for awhile now, so my cultural understanding is slowly improving. Also, I can see things in this place that boggle my mind. Thus this blog...
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