Why You Should Start Stexting

April 03, 2014

Texting-while-walking-250x150I’ve recently started stexting, I’m doing it more often each day, and I’m hoping you’ll join me and start stexting too. 

As I wrote about previously, and you likely have heard from a few sources, sitting a lot is really unhealthy for you, even if you exercise consistently.  The headlines proclaimed “sitting is the new smoking,” and this is due to the stats: The death rate for obesity in the US is now 35 million.  It’s 3.5 million for tobacco.   

If you sit for more than six hours a day, you are 40% more likely to die within 15 years than someone who sits less than 3 hours a day – even if you exercise!  We sit more than we do anything else. We average 9.3 hours a day of sitting, compared to 7.7 hours of sleeping. 

So I’ve decided to start “stexting.”  We all text a lot.  And in a recent conversation with my friend and colleague, Mindy Mylrea, creator of the Tabata Bootcamp program, she mentioned that one of her weekly challenges for her bootcmapers was that whenever they sent a text they had to be either “standing, dancing, or prancing.” 

I loved this idea so much it gave me an idea to create the term “stexting.”  It is a combination of “standing” with “texting,” which is exactly what you’ll do.  Every time you send a text, do so while standing.  Not walking, not driving, and, of course, not sitting. Get up to text.  This rule would certainly make texting while driving impossible.

So start stexting right now.  I’ll be stexting everyone I know, whenever I send them a message.   

More About Sitting:

Why Sitting Is Bad for You

What a Desk Job Does to Your Health

6 Reasons to Stand Up Right Now


Jonathan Ross — fitness expert for Discovery Fit & Health and creator of Aion Fitness — was voted Exercise TV's "Top Trainer" and named in Men's Journal magazine's list of Top 100 Trainers in America. His personal experiences with obesity — "800 pounds of parents" — directly inspired his fitness career. His ability to bring fitness to those who need it the most has made him a two-time Personal Trainer of the Year Award-Winner (ACE and IDEA). His book, Abs Revealed, is filled with cutting-edge exercises in a modern, intelligent approach to abdominal training. His leadership and fresh perspectives on fitness earn him praise as a frequent go-to source of credible fitness information.

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