Sit Less, Live Longer

February 13, 2015 at 5:56 pm Leave a comment

Researchers have linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns, including obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol levels. Sitting, they say, also increases the risk of death from heart attack and cancer, of being disabled, and has been linked to a decline in mental health.

What’s more, getting regular exercise doesn’t seem to significantly offset the risk of sitting too much. So while that one-hour jog is great for you, it may not undo the eight hours sitting at your desk.

The solution? Sit less and move more overall. Here are a few suggestion on how to reduce your sitting time:

  • Simply stand rather than sit whenever you have the chance
  • Stand while talking on the phone or eating lunch
  • If you work at a desk for long periods of time, try using a standing desk – or improvise with a high table or counter
  • Think of ways to walk while you work, such as walking laps with your colleagues rather than gathering in a conference room for meetings, or using a specialized treadmill-ready vertical desk so you can be in motion throughout the day
  • Reduce sitting time by breaking it up about every 30 minutes if possible
  • Give yourself reminders to sit less. At home, consider a TV commercial your signal to get out of your chair. At work, use a smaller coffee cup or glass so your trips for refills will be more frequent.

Source: Mayo Clinic and WebMD

Entry filed under: Exercise, Managing your health, To Your Health.

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