Only writers know how many hours we spend on our kiesters doing that thing we love/hate/have to do: WRITE. The manuscript won't get done unless we sit down and write it. Turns out, sitting is bad for us. In addition to weight gain, sciatica, and tennis elbow, now we need to be concerned about cancer. According to THE WEEK magazine (Nov. 25, 2011, pg. 25), "Sitting still for long stretches of time--at work, in the car, or at home--increases your cancer risk, even if you exercise regularly, WebMD.com reports." "...Research supports a previous 14 year study that found that six hours of sitting a day increased a woman's odds of dying in that period by 37 percent, and a man's by 18 percent, compared with people who sat for half that time." "...The American Institute of Cancer Research now says it's crucial that you get up and move at least once an hour."
So, do what I do. Set an alarm to ring every hour. Get up and move about. Just don't walk to the fridge...
Carrie Pearson is a children's book author and creator-cheerleader.