In today’s world most people are spending too much time sitting. In fact, if your job includes sitting in front of a computer for 8 hours a day, you’re already sitting way too much! Not to mention that you probably sit during your commute to and from work, while you’re relaxing and surfing the web or watching TV.
Sitting Is The New Smoking
Many doctors agree that sitting for long periods of time can cause just as many negative health effects as smoking. This is because your body goes through certain physiological changes when you’re inactive. Your blood sugar levels increase, so the risk of developing diabetes rises, as well the risk of obesity and certain types of cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
How To Sit Less
Even though we spend most of our time sitting, the goal is not to stand all day, of course. Balance is the key. Even if you work at the office, there are ways you can use your breaks effectively.
Set a timer – set an alarm to remind yourself to get up, walk or stretch-anything that will engage your muscles.
Drink from small mugs – using small cups for water or coffee means frequent refills, which means less sitting and more moving.
Try a standing desk – this is a desk that adjusts your screen and keyboard to a standing height. It’s quick and easy to use and can also help you stay focused and concentrated.
Eat your lunch standing – or even walking. You don’t have to eat quickly, just make sure you don’t spend your lunch break sitting.
Spend less time watching TV – or better yet, stop watching it altogether. One of the best things you can do for your body is to use the time that you spend sitting in front of the TV for walking, running, exercising, or anything that gets your blood pumping.