Move More, Sit Less: The Dangers of Sitting

Extended periods of sitting can be putting you at risk for several health problems and setting you back from reaching your health and fitness goals. Prolonged inactivity puts you at a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. So, what can we do to counteract the effects of sitting? Working out 30 minutes a day 3 times a week is a great way to kick-start your health journey, but it’s not going to cut it. The human body is designed to move, bend, and twist; but due to our demanding jobs and lifestyle we find ourselves at a desk, behind the wheel, or in front of a screen for several hours during the day. You will inevitably find yourself needing to sit down throughout the day, and that’s okay. What you can do, is make time to stand up, stretch out, and move your body in any way you see fit. Incorporating walk/stretch breaks throughout your busy day will increase the number of calories you burn, keep you feeling energized, and give yourself a mental break from your work life stress. That being said; get up right now, put away whatever device you’re reading this blog on and go move!

10 ways to combat sitting:

  1. Set an alarm to stand up every 30 minutes
  2. Take your meeting on the go
  3. Take a dance break to boost your mood and energy
  4. Compete with coworkers to see who can take the most steps
  5. Park further away and take the scenic route
  6. Tidy up your desk/office
  7. Stand up/walk while taking phone calls
  8. Switch your desk chair for a stability ball to get more muscular activity
  9. Take the stairs instead of the elevator
  10. Check your posture every 30 minutes

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