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Too much sitting at school! Help?

Answered on May 07, 2014
Created May 06, 2014 at 5:04 AM

I've been eating paleo for a long while now, and just recently I thought it'd be good to get more naturally active. I already work out almost daily, but I'd like to not laze around so much in between workouts. Especially after reading that sitting too much is actually damaging to you, whether or not you work out! It's easy for me to be more active at home, but the problem appears when I go to school. I am currently a senior in high school, and I sit for almost six hours straight as soon as I get there. It's terrible. I have no idea what to do. The only thing I could come up with was twitching a lot in my seat, but I feel like that might make me look weird/crazy. Help?

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Great idea, thank you!

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Awesome ideas, thank you!

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Lots of coping strategies -- not sure about your particular situation, but here are things that would have worked for me:

1. Walk to/from school. My highschool was 2 miles from my house and I walked everyday (except during football season because I had to drive home to pick up gear).

2. Start a "Lunch Stroll" club. We had one in my high school. A bunch of people would get together and either walk the track, or around the gym/hallway during bad weather. They had it officially recognized, and many faculty members joined too. If that doesn't work, try standing lunches.

3. Take the long way between classes. In high school, we had 5 periods with 10 minutes between them. Most people stood around and talked or ran to their next class and tried to take a short nap. You could take the long route and get 10 minutes of walking it.

4. Do some airplane yoga (http://www.care2.com/greenliving/8-simple-office-car-or-airplane-stretches.html) not all of these are appropriate to do in class, but simple stretches every 15-20 minutes can be done without distracting the teacher or other students.

5. Strategically place courses. Many high school courses, PE, Creative Writing, Science Labs, weight training, music, drama, etc. allow for movements during class. Rather than having these in the 1st or last period, place them mid morning, mid afternoon where you can break up the motoiyn of sitting for long periods of time.

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on May 07, 2014
at 03:31 AM

Awesome ideas, thank you!

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on May 07, 2014
at 06:38 PM

Your best bet is to graduate--probably in the next month or so? College is different in that you rarely have one class following the next for 6 or more hours a day (my daughter ususally ends up with one day a week in class from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m, but other days she may have just two classes separated by several hours), and if you do, there's a distance to walk between buildings to get from class to class. When we looked at colleges for my daughter (now a senior in college) we found some campuses referred to as "stairmaster" schools because there were hills to climb to get from one place to the next. That would be ideal!

This issue will follow you lifelong if you end up with an office job. Good suggestions above for building in some walking, and having a dedicated workout plan for your free time.

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on May 06, 2014
at 01:57 PM

It doesn't matter. What matters is the other 18 hours in the day and what you're doing.

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at 10:15 AM

I sympathise. One thing you might do is ask all your teachers if you could be the one to hand out books and equipment, and then collect them again when the lesson is finished. I know this is only a small thing, but it is better than nothing!

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at 03:32 AM

Great idea, thank you!

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