Yesterday I blogged about the article in the NYT about eating for satisfaction, remember?
Well, today it’s back to business as usual. In the NYT fitness section, they have an article about walking on treadmills while working in a cubicle farm (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/18/health/nutrition/18fitness.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&oref=slogin&adxnnlx=1221934394-R2cpbb8FZ6koGXiFYCfADA). The quote I find most disturbing? “After a while, your legs do get kind of tired,” said Mr. Rhoads, 40, who started exercising in March, when doctors advised him to lose weight after open-heart surgery. Umm, you’re working for 8 hours, probably only taking a half hour lunch break and two fifteen minute breaks. You’re on your feet, standing and walking, for 7 hours a day, and you say “after a while your legs get tired”?
Another quote from the article: Without breaking a sweat, the so-called work-walker can burn an estimated 100 to 130 calories an hour at speeds slower than two miles an hour, Mayo research shows.
So these people are walking between 7 to 14 miles a day, 5 days a week. My question here is, has anybody thought of the long term ramifications of putting that much stress on their joints? Even the normal sized people. Ask any nurse, beat cop (do they still have beat cops in big cities) or anybody who stands and walks all the time as a requirement of the job about the dangers of being on your feet so much.
Or, ask the 10 year old girl who was going to PT when I was going to PT last spring about the dangers of high impact/massive stress on joints. The girl who had no cartilage left in her joints because she was trying to become an Olympic gymnast.
So, in order to minimize outcomes which are not even caused by teh fatz, people are putting themselves at risk for problems we know are associated with certain behaviors (like bad joints, fallen arches for people who have to be walking all day, every day). Yeah, that’s certainly healthy.