Sitting too much can cause more health issues than just, what used to be called, secretary spread. It’s even been said that sitting is the new smoking.
It is well-known that a sedentary lifestyle can cause blood clots in your legs and/or your lungs. Travel is the usual reason for this concern; sitting in one place, a small space, for an extended period of time. Other concerns of sitting are:
- heart disease
- shortened life
- various cancers
- weakened bones
- hip and back issues
- weight issues
- anxiety or depression
- varicose veins
Driving, working, watching TV, playing games on the computer, and reading, are all things people do sitting down. With that in mind, here are some suggestions to get up and get moving.
- take a break every 30 minutes to just stand up, at work, watching TV, gaming, reading
- take regular leg stretching breaks on long drives or when flying
- walk over to your co-worker’s desk instead of emailing or calling
- get a pedometer and set a reasonable, steps per day, goal
- stand up and walk around when you are on the phone
- do some basic stretching exercises at your desk
- read on a treadmill or recumbent bike
- take the stairs instead of an elevator
- park your car farther from the door
- use a desk that allows you to sit or stand
Remember, the risk of serious health issues increases with a sedentary lifestyle. Being active is not as hard as you think and there are lots of simple ways to include some physical activity in your day. Moving around is good for your physical health as well as your mental health.