Did you know that less than 20% of jobs offer any physical exertion? That is quite concerning given that sitting for prolonged lengths of time has been discovered to be a significant health risk. Many of us sit all day at work and then head home to sit again for several hours in front of the TV or internet. What impact is this having on our circulation, bone density, organ function and muscle strength? And what can be done to lessen the negative impact?
- Start your day with some exercise like walking, swimming or yoga
- Take a regular break (every 30-60 minutes) from your desk and walk around your office
- Drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated throughout the day
- Park your car a reasonable distance from your office so you get a walk at the end of your day
- If you haven’t already exercised that morning, do a workout, run or swim after work
- Limit your TV/Internet use to 60-90 minutes for each evening
Whenever you can, get up and get moving….even if it’s just for a few minutes at a time. A short burst of activity can make a huge difference to your blood pressure, posture, stress levels and even cognitive ability. Remember, your body is made up of hundreds of muscles and joints and was designed to move.