Unwelcome message…

Saw this at a London Underground station yesterday, and it had me thinking…

For those of you that don’t know, ‘mind the gap (between the train and platform edge)’ is a London Underground announcement to stop you inadvertently putting an end to your life by falling onto the track/under the train.

Whilst the message is generally a good one, there are some of us who have to sit more than we would like! But when I thought about it, i decided that at least I still do some exercise, within the confines of a chronic medical condition, and there isn’t much else I can do about it!

Anti Sitting

Anti Sitting



  1. Lovely post, Sue! I’m sorry about your chronic medical problems, you have a good approach.
    Hope you feel fine.
    Dina xo

    • Oh, gosh, I’m not looking for sympathy, but thank you for your kind words! I like to think I have a good approach, I want a life, so I just get on with it! 🙂

  2. Hello, I love this graphic! I’ve been reading about ‘sitting disease’ for over two years now, about as long as I’ve been blogging! The first article I read was called, Is Sitting the New Smoking?
    Scary stuff coming out of these studies and of course it will be years before we have the kind of data we have on smoking. I’m glad to see London putting a uniquely British spin on the thought.
    Here’s an article that may give you some small steps to counter the negative effects of sitting.


    • Oh, I’m a retired health care professional, so it’s nothing new…..but I didn’t want to see this on a tube station on that day!! Basically, modern lifestyles are too sedentary…we weren’t as it were built to sit about!

      • So true. In Africa I see women carrying water, which is inconvenient, but very good exercise. You can’t carry water on your head and an infant on your back without a strong core. Since you have a health care background you didn’t need the warning! Here in the US our kids are too sedentary. Maybe we need something that might speak to them.

  3. As long as we can keep moving, we know we’re still alive. 🙂 I admire you, Sue, for doing what exercise you can manage.

  4. Very clever ad but I prefer the Arne Jacobsen chair 🙂

  5. Interesting graphic. I believe many of us know and most of those who know really try to do something about it.

  6. After walking on those hard pavements in London for several hours recently I was more than happy to sit!!!

  7. Hey Sue, I don’t think that message is intended for you or I, but for all those sweet young things that hog the seats

  8. We oldies all need a sit down now and then, Sue 🙂 You’re in good company!

  9. Sue, they have some great posters at London Underground at times … great one, I know the feeling. I sit too, but I really try to be out walking every day – but with my numb foot pads, it’s a painful and .. it really restricts me. Hate it. I can image with your problems .. it’s even harder. I shouldn’t moan about my problems really *smile
    Still walk in stairs *smile

    • Well, I hope I don’t moan, and I don’t think you do. We tell it how it is, get frustrated, but do what we can, when we can! Ring those bells that still can ring!

  10. I have been sitting longer ever since I started blogging! 🙂

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