February 1st, 2011


From Obesity Panacea:

The greater the number of breaks taken from sedentary behavior, the lower the waist circumference, body mass index, as well as blood lipids and glucose tolerance. This was true even if the total amount of sedentary time and physical activity time were equal between individuals – the one who took breaks more frequently during their time at the office or while watching television was less obese and had better metabolic health. Importantly, the breaks taken by the individuals in this study were of a brief duration (<5 min) and a low intensity (such as walking to the washroom, or simply standing).

When I sit down to write I consciously make sure I have my coffee and all the rest of my creative accoutrements, including my coffee thermos. Clearly, this is not a good idea. Coffee refills should come from the pot in the kitchen, even if it does mean a break in my writing.

How many obese barbers do you know?


  1. On the other hand, I’d like to see that novel in print. Are there other ways to get active?

    • Jeff Hess says:

      Shalom Sherry,

      Trust me, a 60-second trip to the kitchen is not my problem. Part of me wishes that Wild Acres had an Agents and Editors day like Green River Writers had. I always got at least one request to read my manuscript there and one request for a bit of reworking that I didn’t follow up on.

      That was really stupid of me, but I’ve been working of late on rethinking that request.



  2. Mary Jo says:

    WooHoo! My anti-spam word was move! My friend who shared my cubicle at work was always moving, tapping her foot, spinning her chair, etc. Lots of nervous energy or something, she could not be still. And she was very thin even though she did not stand up alot, as is suggested here. And teachers seem to scold the kids who fidget, don’t they? I also heard that people who shower are leaner than people who bathe.

    • Jeff Hess says:

      Shalom Mary Jo,

      I’m really looking forward to being able to ride my bike again in a few weeks. I’m not as hardy as those tough souls who ride through a Cleveland winter.



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