Sedentary behavior (i.e. sitting) can lead to obesity and other metabolic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and breast and colon cancer. Addressing too much sitting has become a population health issue and countries including Canada are looking at practical and policy approaches. Several suggestions on changing how much we sit include:
- Innovative Technology such as desks that change height
- Regulations to break up job-related sitting
- Promoting active transport
Organizations such as the Alberta Centre for Active Living offer suggestions for physical activity at work including:
It is amazing to think of how much of your day you may sit. Next time you hesitate getting up from your desk, don’t. There could be some health benefits from it!