Are you’re sitting down to read this? Don’t, it’s time to get off your chair and move around. Sitting is now considered one of the major causes of chronic disease in America. Researchers have discovered that prolonged sitting has a direct link to the disruption of our metabolic functions. Even people who have vigorous exercise routines will significantly shorten their lifespan by sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day.
When you’re sitting, major muscle groups such as your legs and your core are not using energy. This causes your metabolism to slow down and increases the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. Sitting stationary for 40 hours a week and then extrapolated over months and years will take a huge toll on your health and well-being.
There are actions you can take at work to prolong your life:
- Go for a walk instead of having a meeting in your office or conference room. Walking meetings give you a chance to get some fresh air, they get the creative juices flowing, and successful CEOs such as Steve Jobs swore by them.
- Stand up while talking on the phone. Motion creates emotion; you’ll be more energetic and passionate about what you’re doing.
- Is there an elevator or escalator in your office? If your answer is yes, then there are also stairs. Taking two flights of stairs daily helps you burn enough calories to lose 6 pounds a year.
- Take a 15 minute walk on your break instead of sitting in the break room. You can also do body squats, lunges, or stretches right at your desk to get the blood flowing.
Sales Coordinator, Lift’n Buddy, a Southworth Company