Do you have a job that requires Sitting for most of the day? Sitting for long periods of time can be detrimental to your health. ‘Sitting disease’ is used to describe the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle. Research has shown that regular exercise isn’t enough to reduce these risks if you spend the rest of your day on your bottom! Don’t worry, just because you have a desk job doesn’t mean that your health is doomed.
Here are our favourite tips to get you more active in the office or where ever you are sitting!
Kill two birds with one stone, by getting some fitness into your day and travelling at the same time. It beats sitting in traffic!
There are loads of options, like these…
- Walking. If you’re lucky enough to live close enough!
- Cycling (or if you live too far away, catch a train, bus, ferry or even drive your car some of the way and cycle the rest!)
- Public transport. If you catch the bus, train or ferry, you’re probably going to have to do some walking to get there.
- Park your car further away. If driving is the best option for you, leave a little earlier and walk the rest of the way from your car. It’s an easy way to get more steps into your day!
Create Reasons to Get Up
The best way to make sure you get up often? Make it necessary! Move the bin away. Only have a small glass of water on your desk so that you have to fill it up often. Move your folders so that they’re out of reach. Pretty much, just put anything and everything out of reach so that it makes you get up and move more often!
Take The Stairs
In other words, go the long way. You can also apply this same logic and get up to talk to colleagues rather than sending an email.
Switch it for a Swiss Ball
You know the big round exercise balls that they have at the gym? Switch your chair for one of these! Unlike sitting in a chair, an Exercise Ball can help engage your core muscles, improve balance, and posture. Another bonus is that it means you can easily do a mini work-out when you’re stuck waiting for a few minutes.
If bouncing on an exercise ball all day doesn’t sound fun to you, here’s another secret. Sitting on the edge of your chair helps you to sit straighter too!
Lunch is for Food & Walking
Venture outside for a walk in your break! You could even pack lunches which are easy to eat while you walk. Now that’s what we call efficiency!
Can’t stand sitting? Then Stand!
Use an app or alarm on your phone to remind you to regularly stand up during the day. “Standing up once every hour was more effective than walking on a treadmill for 15 minutes for cardiovascular and metabolic changes.” – Dr. Mercola.
Hopefully this helps you to fit more fitness into your day and helps you to become the healthiest you can be!
Written by Monique Sparks
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