Sitting is the New Smoking

09.23.2013

Living a sedentary lifestyle has been linked to various types of disease, cancer and health risks such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. A sedentary lifestyle can be defined as not moving and/or usually sitting. Beware if you are that 8 to 5 desk-bound employee, even if you get in an hours workout a day. That just won’t cut it. According to recent research, living a sedentary or “sitting” lifestyle is just as harmful to your health as smoking, even if you’re running 3-4 miles a day before a long day of Living a sedentary, sitting, lifestyle can affect your healthwork.

Try not spending most of your day sitting at your desk, in front of the computer.  Here are a few tips to work in some activity during your work day, along with ways to stay fit when you are sitting at the desk:

  • Raise your desk or worktable and stand. Standing activates more muscles and increases blood flow compared to sitting.
  • Sit on a stability ball. Sitting on a stability ball is a great way to keep your core in shape and your posture in check.
  • Take the stairs, always. Taking the stairs increases your number of steps and also builds leg muscles and gives your cardiovascular system and quick stimulation.
  • Move your feet. Many companies are catching on and allowing employees to purchase a desk treadmill, cycle or elliptical that allows you to move under your desk while working.
  • Drink more water. Make it a point to get up and walk to the water fountain and drink at least one cup of water every hour.
  • Stretch it out. The benefits of stretching are an increase in blood flow, injury prevention, and a decrease in chronic pain.
  • Set reminders. Set an alarm on your computer or smart phone to prompt you to move every 20-25 minutes. This helps increase circulation and your metabolism.

Take control of your health. Get up, get out and get moving – it can save your life!