It snuck up on me. It may be sneaking up on you, glaucoma as you read this.
I sat in front of a computer all day. And all night. It was what we web developers and designers did. We counted the number of hours we worked in a row like they were badges of honour. Only 6 hours sleep over the last 3 days? Awesome! Pulled an all-nighter to get that code out the door. I rule!!
There’s a problem when what you choose to do with your free time is also what you do with your work time. The two blend together seamlessly as though they are one. It leads to 12, 15 or even 20 hour days at the computer. We entertain ourselves with the exact same tools we use to make our living, and that does nothing but encourage inactivity, addiction, and an unhealthy lifestyle.
I know. I was there. Flickr doesn’t lie.
In 2005 I hit an all time high of 215 lbs. I’m only 5 foot 7 inches tall, and I’m pretty sure my ideal weight is somewhere in the 160 lb range. Eep.
Fast forward 5 years to 2010. In a few short weeks, I’ll be competing in my third IronMan triathlon in Lake Placid, USA. I do crazy stuff now that I’d never have thought possible, and certainly wasn’t when I weighed too much and didn’t take care of my health. For me, I started taking care of my body and mind by getting fit through triathlon. I found something significant to do, that was not in front of the computer.
I’m not saying that everyone should become a triathlete. What I’m saying is that if your leisure time and work time are spent doing the same thing, you’re in danger of becoming part of this sedentary life.
Choose to do something other than be in front of your computer. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Go for a walk at lunch instead of staying at your desk and working or watching videos. Get out for a run, or a bike ride. Do situps and pushups every day, or regularly take a yoga class. Anything.
You owe it to yourself to start, before your body says stop.