I’ve been intending to write this post for a few weeks now, and low and behold, when I checked out my favorite website ever this morning, Mind Body Green, I found this article:
Mind Body Green just knows me so well 🙂
Since I’ve been wearing my FitBit all month, I’ve been shocked to see how little I walk throughout the day. Even when I think I run around the ICU all day, I still don’t even get close to my 10,000 step goal. Most days without a workout end with around 7,000 steps, which is definitely not enough in my book!
When I think about it more, I realize that I sit basically all day. I come into the hospital and walk in from the parking lot (which is a decently long walk) and then I sit at my computer and look up my patients. I read about what happened the day before, look at their labs, look at notes left by other consultants, and I start my note. Then, I quickly go see all my patients before rounds start.
At the beginning of rounds, we all sit at the table and discuss discharge planning for each patient.
When we round, we do walk from room to room, but it’s not very far and there is a lot of stopping in between. At least we’re standing for a good 2.5 hours.
After rounds I go back to the work room to put in additional orders and work on my notes. That takes place sitting at the computer. Then at noon, my classmates and I go downstairs for noon conference. We get lunch and sit and listen to the noon lecture each day.
After lecture, we go back upstairs for another lecture. From 1-2 we have ICU specific teaching. And we’re definitely sitting for that.
For the rest of the day, we sit a lot to put in orders, write notes, and answer phone calls. There is also a bit of running around between patient rooms, but the ICU isn’t that big so it’s less steps than you would think.
When I get home, I sit down to have dinner and then I plop down onto the couch and talk to Kyle for a while before it’s time for bed.
I keep reading about how bad sitting is for you, and this infographic sums it up pretty well:
When I realized just how much sitting I do, I decided to make a major effort to stand more.
We have these “computer’s on wheels” or COWS (which we’ve changed to “workstation on wheels” or WOWs because apparently COWs is offensive) that we take around with us when we round in the morning so we can look up labs and put in orders. They stay plugged-in in the workroom with us all day, and so instead of sitting at the computer, I use the WOW as my stand-up desk.
Now, standing all day doesn’t add to my total step count, but it does combat the effects of sitting all day.
In fact, I can really tell a difference! After standing most of the day, I am physically tired when I get home! When I was on my night call, I was super tired in the early morning (4am-6am is the worst when you’ve been up all night!!) and I just couldn’t stand anymore. But, for the majority of the night, I was up.
It’s helpful to remember you don’t have to sit just because everyone else is! Find a stand-up desk or make your own and get to standing! Let’s do it together 🙂
Do you sit a lot?
Have you tried standing more?
Do you try to get 10000 steps a day? How do you do it?