I’ve heard that “sitting is the new smoking.” What does that mean???, Sarah asks, Mishu answers

I’ve heard that “sitting is the new smoking.” What does that mean???, Sarah asks, Mishu answers

Dear Sarah: I only sit when I want something. But it does seem like humans sit all the time. I guess people used to #smoke a lot and they didn’t know it was so bad for them, and now people sit too much and don’t realize that they’d be healthier if they #moved around πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈπŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ’ƒπŸΎπŸ‘£more.Β 

Btw, subscribe to Dear Mishu's newsletter:

πŸ’Œ Mishu a question


  1. Well that’s a new one on me, I never heard that before! We should all move around more, but sitting is certainly better than smoking.

  2. I must admit, I do sit around a lot. I even sit while I’m eatin’! I’ve never smoked, though. I prefer my nip unsmoked. purrs

  3. Clare Reece-Glore - May 22, 2018 reply

    Good explanation. We all have to think about moving around more!!

  4. People sit down and forget to move about. Bad for their circulation and no good if you need a walk – right? Get the human out and about!!

  5. So very very true!!

  6. I’ve heard the same! I wonder if people know what they are missing – the great outdoors, the sun, the birds, life!

  7. Very smart Mishu! Time for us humans to get off our butts and get active! Maybe we could take our dogs more more walks…

  8. Hmmm… I DO sit around a lot. I lie around a lot, too. Never smoked, though. I prefer my nip in a mouse. Or biff bag. Or just scattered on the floor. MOUSES!

  9. Very clever! It’s so true – people tend to sit too much…which means that their dogs don’t often get as much exercise as they need either. Smart Mishu!

  10. I think that this is a great answer Mishu! People are allowing themselves to take more and more time to sit, especially with technology literally at their finger tips! I am guilty of this too! Working from home does allow me to get out and move more, but sometimes I find it to also be a good excuse to not move around at all. I can take my laptop to the couch, turn on the tv, and get lost in my work without moving anything but my fingers. The clock ticks by, and then when I do feel like getting up and doing something, I realize that my energy levels are so down that it is hard to do what I want to do. We like to go walk trails, some that are miles long, and I find myself very annoyed by time we are through them, because I am tired and my body hurts! I love your column! You should check my pups out too! He has a fun column called Dear Darby on http://www.cutedogaddicts.com

  11. Dear Mishu,
    This is an excellent post as The Tribe of Five has our whiskers in a twist about this whole standing desk issue. Our purrsonal assistant has gotten herself an up and down desk and this is wrong on so many levels. A cat’s job is to gracefully glide to the top of a desk, position ourselves so that at least one paw is on the keyboard and our body is directly in front of the computer screen. Then, we move into the human’s lap to demand petting. When The Female Human stands up to work our goal is thwarted. I am convinced that this standing desk thingy was developed by a group of cat haters (or, could it be, a group of canines?) Meowza!
    Your Frustrated Feline Friend,

  12. Our mom sits way too much I’m making her get up right now.

  13. This is so true! Mom Paula has done too much sitting since she retired!

  14. I have never smoked but i do know I sit TOO MUCH! The curse of a writer, lol.

  15. I just started putting an alarm on my phone every couple hours so i get up and move around. I find I’m actually in less pain if I do. Cats hate it though. lol.

  16. Wise words Mishu! I know I’m guilty of sitting too much. I definitely could do better.

  17. I’ve heard that too. Whether that opinion might change, walking and moving is definitely absolutely crucial for both mental and physical health.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Back to site top