Is sitting really the new smoking?
In recent years, research has shown that the more time you spend sitting, the shorter and less healthy your life will be. Recent studies have shown that those who sit more are more likely to have chronic pain, diabetes, heart disease, and higher cholesterol. Researchers at Northwestern University found each additional hour spent sitting increased risk of physical disability by nearly half.
What’s even more concerning is that studies show that even if you exercise, it's not enough to counteract the negative effects of prolonged sitting. So, what is the solution? GET VERTICAL! and MOVE MORE!
STAND EVERY 20-30 MINUTES
If you have a sitting job, I recommend standing every 20-30 minutes. I know that may seem impossible, and you may be thinking "How will I get anything done?". Research indicates that it is PROLONGED STILLNESS that creates more consequences from sitting. Frequently changing positions is the proven remedy for a healthy workstation. Even if you do not leave your work area, stand, stretch, squat, take steps in place for 20-30 seconds. Set a timer on your phone or fit bit to remind you to stand!
MAINTAIN PROPER POSTURE