The answer to Tuesday’s post?
Gibber was the closest:
I walk between 1,000 to 1,200 steps on average per day at the clinic.
The truth is, I have to be sedentary. That is outpatient medicine for you nowadays. Patient satisfaction 101 dictates that you to sit down while talking to patients. Plus, I am tied to my laptop computer and I cannot type without sitting down and balancing it on my knees. All patient charts are right there at my fingertips, no need to walk to pick up a file. My exam rooms abut my corner office and I can get to all three of those rooms in under ten steps. Less time spent walking means more time spent with the patient.
AND Instant Messenger on the computer means I can talk to anyone in my office at any time without moving an inch…
If you are concerned about my cardiovascular health, fear not. I do get exercise in other ways every day (running in the neighborhood or at the park).
The 1900’s saw amazing innovations. Washing machines. Vacuum cleaners. Mechanization of production. All with the goal of increased leisure time. And we got it. Tons more leisure time. Less back breaking labor. But we also got vitamin D deficiency from lack of sunshine which also contributes to osteoporosis which is exacerbated by a lack of weight bearing exercises from our sedentary lifestyles. We have worsening obesity issues, diabetes, cardiovascular disease… The list goes on.
Now, we spend our leisure time and our money on exercise programs of one sort or another and it makes me laugh at myself. I think of a treadmill as being about as fun as mowing a lawn, but here we are anyway.
Thank you, Industrial Revolution!
Just like with every prescription I write there is always a trade off, a side effect, an unintended consequence. I wonder what the future will bring us.