Many jobs increasingly require us to stay sedentary. Financial transactions that required trips to the bank can now be done wirelessly. Emails can be sent instead of walking to a coworker’s desk. While it is faster and more convenient, there’s a slight downside to the increasing number of hours spent sitting down- it is detrimental to your health.
TV, computers and desk jobs have led to us sitting down more than ever. On average, we spend 9.3 hours a day sitting. We spend more time sitting down than we do sleeping. But our bodies aren’t naturally built for that type of movement and it’s taking a toll.
Sitting is also extremely detrimental because of the bad habits it creates. Those who site three hours or more per day watching TV are more likely to die from heart disease.
For most people, sitting for eight hours a day at work is inevitable. Those emails need to be sent. But simply getting 30 minutes of activity a day is not enough. Make sure to take periodic breaks throughout the day to stretch, walk in place, or take a quick walk around the building. Get up to talk to a co-worker rather than call across the office. Walking can burn 3-5 times the calories that sitting does, not to mention it can give your brain and eyes a much needed break from the glaring computer screen.
What are some of your tips to get off the couch or desk? We’d love to hear from you.
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