I spend a LOT of time sitting down during the day – whether it’s the 8+ hours in front of a computer at work – the 2 hours I spend commuting – or the hour or so I take to sit down and relax at home – that’s over 11 hours a day I spend on my ass – nearly half of my day! Even though I workout out regularly, it doesn't quite compensate for the amount of time I spend sitting down – and that’s actually a pretty big deal. It turns out that sitting down is actually incredibly unhealthy, even if you exercise regularly!
From the Washington Post (check out the full article here) - here are some of the ways sitting for 8+ hours a day can negatively affect your health:
- Organ Damage – such as heart disease, overactive pancreas (caused by a decline in insulin response), and higher risk of colon cancer.
- Muscle Degeneration – mushy abs, tight hips, limp glutes – the muscles you are working so hard for!
- Strained neck, sore shoulders, and back damage.
So – what can we do to try to prevent some of this from happening? Obviously if your job requires desk/computer work you will still spend the majority of your day seated, but there are some things you can do to break it up a little:
- Stretch! For every hour you spend seated – get up and stretch – this will not only help your health but could improve your mindset too.
- Invest in a standing desk so that you can continue working but will reduce the amount of time seated. You could also look into a treadmill desk (I have been begging for one for a year LOL). Or even a desk bike – I had no idea these were a thing!
- Walk, as often as possible. Get up and walk as often as your schedule allows – even if it is just down the hall & back. Walk on your lunchbreak – not only will this help you reduce the affects of sitting all day, but it is good to get away from your work for 30 minutes – and regroup.
- Switch out some of your chair time for an exercise ball – sitting on a ball instead of in your chair forces more core focus and helps keep those muscles active.
- Exercise regularly – as I stated earlier this alone will not outweigh the hours spent sitting, but exercise is necessary for maintaining your health – try to spend 30 minutes a day doing something active.
|Lily needs to get off her ass more too!|