Risks of Sitting
Do you spend long hours at your desk each day? Beware, all those hours may have a negative effect on your health. David Atkinson, Vice President of Corporate Wellness for Cooper Corporate Solutions advises that too much time in your chair can hinder your health.
“Our desk jobs can be a major threat to our health,” said David. “To stay healthy, we’ve got to make it our job to think about activity throughout the day.”
In today’s work environment companies are doing more with less meaning more time behind the desk for many Americans.
David provided these tips for staying active, even at work:
- Make it a balancing act. Invest in a stability ball. Switch between the ball and your desk chair. This will help strengthen your core, but also improves concentration and posture.
- On the hour, every hour. Set an alarm to move each hour. Even a simple stretch like reaching upward or touching your toes helps stimulate blood flow. A quick movement each hour can activate muscles that have been in rest mode.
- Forget things in your car. That’s right. A trip out to the car for a necessary item can be just the exercise you need to break from the desk routine.
- Breath. Move away from your computer to take a deep breath; it helps clear your head, relieves stress and also gets oxygen through your bloodstream more quickly.
- Get techie. Invest in an accelerometer or pedometer to track your calorie output. These devices can help you stay motivated to move more during the work day.
- Go farther. Park in the last possible parking spot and use those extra steps. Use the bathroom on another floor. Walk to lunch. These easy changes can result in the extra movement you need each day.
- Schedule a walking meeting. Look for meetings that can be done outside a conference room. Instead of pulling up chairs, take a few laps around the office.
“It isn’t hard to make movement a part of the work day, it is just hard remembering to move,” shared David. “The more of a habit it becomes, the better off you’ll be in the long run.”