This post is a discussion of my heart rate while doing sedentary computer tasks at work.
After spending the last two hours at my desk, reading yet another boring technical memorandum, I finally blinked and decided to checked my heart rate on my new Mio Motiva Petite heart rate monitor.
I was shocked to find the display showing 62 bmps (beats-per minute)! This number really does not mean much until you see that it is only 32% of my max heart rate. 32%! That is only a little higher than my resting heart rate when I wake up each morning. And since my eyes are a little dried, that tells me that I barely even blinked the last 2 hours.
For all my body knows, I could have been asleep for the amount of calories that I am burning sitting on my butt in front to the computer monitor. Ok, I always known that I am a mouse potato, but this is detrimental to my health!
How many calories am I burning when I am reading in front of the computer monitor?
Googling the internet, I found that on average:
sleeping = 60 calories burn per hour
reading or TV watching = 70 calories burn per hour
So for the last 2 hours, I have only burned a measly of 150 calories! That is not even the large Fuji apple I ate for lunch!
And when you put it into the context of how many hours we sit in front of the computer each day, no wonder we are all get fat. We are awake, but our bodies think we are asleep in terms of calorie burn!
Enough of this. I am standing up. At least that would my heart rate up to 71 bpm.
Until next time and thanks for stopping by Small Steps to Health.
Photo by: Ingorrr.
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