Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A step in the right direction

As I write this blog post I sit at a computer and you probably are as well. When does sitting become excessive? Does sitting really affect your health? Many doctors and health practitioners claim that prolonged sitting (one hour or more) can in fact have a serious impact on your health.

Results of prolonged sitting:
  • Reduces energy levels 
  • Increases risk of weight gain
  • Six or more hours of sitting a day can take up to five years off your life
  • Increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, various cancers 
  • May lead to weak arches in your feet and lower back pain
Here are some practical solutions to get you moving throughout your busy day:
  • Take 2 minute breaks between long sitting periods to stretch and move around
  • Change your workspace so you will have to frequently change from sitting to standing position
  • Try switching between a stability ball and a chair
  • Add 30 minutes of brisk walking or running a day
  • Park 10 minutes away from the office
  • Take a 10 minute walk around the neighbourhood before you eat lunch
  • Perform exercises at your desk 
After reading this blog, you might've already stood up and taken a walk around and if not, you're probably about to. Take a step in direction of health, happiness, and a longer life!
References from the SIRC Collection:

1. Archer, Shirley. Walking boosts brain health. Fitness Journal. March 2011; 8(3):72.
2. Easy ways to start. ParticipACTION. 2013: 1.
3. Gann, Carrie. Sitting Ourselves to Death? Study Says Cutting Couch and TV Time Could Bump Up Life Expectancy. ABC News. July 9, 2012.
4. Keller, Joy, Kline Jessica. Sitting is a death trap. Fitness Journal.  January 2013; 10(1):96.
5. Reduce pain caused by Daily activities by IDEA. Fitness Journal. March 2011; 8(3): 88.
6. 10 Tips For An Active Day… Every Day! ParticipACTION.  1-2. 
7. Workplace physical activity. Got 10 minutes? ParticipACTION. April 2013; (4):1-2.

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