4 EASY WAYS TO REDUCE EFFECTS OF SITTING
We are at a crisis point. Our lifestyles have changed so much in the past few years that our bodies are not able to keep up with our economic evolution.
We need to think seriously about chairs…
Recent studies show that if you sit for 7 hours a day or more, you are twice as likely to develop diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and are 13% more likely to develop cancer which are similar to tobacco smoking..
These are the grim facts of sitting and we need to focus on developing strategies to reduce our sitting time to improve our health.
So here are 4 easy steps to reduce effect of "New Smoking"
1. Get your steps up in your everyday life.
Just the process of moving your muscles increases blood flow and gets endorphins flowing.
We need to change the attitude about our workout from something that emotes image of lugging a gym bag at 6am to overall strong and fit lifestyle.
Park the car one station earlier and walk the extra 15 minutes, pick your kids up from school on foot or start to ride your bike to work. Not only will your physical-self appreciate these small changes, your mental health will improve too.
2. Think about how your job can involve movement.
Look at your weekly schedule in your current role and think about how more movement can be built in as part of it.
Could you schedule your weekly team meeting at a cafe 1-2 blocks away?
Could you purposefully book a meeting room on another floor so that you have to take the stairs?
Even the most sedentary job can be shaken up with a few strategic changes.
More and more people are adopting the idea of “active coffee meetings” where rather than sit for 30min over coffee discussing their “corporate takeover”, they are opting to walk a few blocks of the city with a take-away coffee whilst discussing the strategies for this latest business venture.
Not only will your organs thank you for it, but you will be more likely to tap into your creative side by being upright and moving.
3. Get a Stand Up Desk.
OK, so not all of us can throw in the towel and become a yoga instructor but if a career change is not on the agenda, consider a standing desk.
Many companies are funding standing desks now for their employees, but if not consider checking mails or active thinking while you are standing upright.
You might even start a trend in your office.
4. Learn how to sit actively.
OK, it doesn’t bring you into a weight-bearing position, but there are lots of things you can do to learn how to sit actively.
Change positions frequently, this will help you reduce stress on joints to great extent.
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