Do you have a job where you sit for a large part of the day? What about when you get home – do you sit down and relax, watch TV or read a book? How much of your day do you spend seated?
Our modern lifestyles have never been more convenient and yet never more detrimental to our health. We are becoming more and more inactive and sitting for longer periods of our days. A sedentary lifestyle can increase our risk of type 2 Diabetes, Obesity and Heart disease.
Sitting for long periods can also affect our posture and weaken some of the key muscles we need to protect out spines and move well.
So how do we get more active each day? Here are five tips to avoid the sits.
- If you work at a desk then try and stand up every 30 minutes and move about, try making phone calls whilst standing or walking. Just little breaks during the day add up to a lot.
- Drink lots and lots of water. Not only will be hydrated help your body function well and is good for your joints but you will move around naturally to refill your bottle and to go to the bathroom
- Take regular breaks when driving – instead of just powering through a long drive try and stop at least once each hour just to stand up, move your legs and walk about – there are lots of rest stops and service stations for you to safely pull in at and breaks only need to be short, five to 10 minutes is more than enough and won’t add much more onto your journey.
- Invest in a height adjustable desk. There are lots of options now available on the market for desks that adjust to allow you to for from standing or sitting thought the day.
- Go for a walk at lunch time – even if its just to get a coffee, around the office or out in the fresh air- making a habit to move a little bit more each day will not only benefit your health but studies show employees that take a 10 – 20 minute walk during their day are more productive.