Sitting is the New Smoking. How to Prevent the Potential for Harm to Your Health.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

We all spend too much time on our duff. Whether we are sitting for our job, driving in our cars, or watching our kids play soccer, we are sitting too often. According to researchers and scientists this can be unhealthy or even deadly.

Dr. James Levine, inventor of the treadmill desk and director of the Obesity Solutions Initiative at Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University, said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, “Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV, and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.” Researchers agree. Studies have shown that prolonged sitting can increase your risk for developing some types of cancer, type 2 diabetes, muscular problems, and heart disease.

So the big question is what can you do to help prevent the potential harm of being to sedentary?

1.Stretch- Stretching has more benefits then people may realize. It increases blood flow and overall health, relieves tension and stress, assists with better posture, increases endurance and athletic performance, reduces soreness, and paired with a healthy diet can even lower your cholesterol. Check out these great stretches for an office setting.
2.Buy a Standing Desk-Evidence suggests that the negative effects of sitting at your desk all day, on average 5 hours and 41 minutes in the U.S., can’t be countered by hitting the gym after work. The answer is the incorporate standing and other activities into your normal day. Standing desks are everywhere now. Many people even make their own. Here is a list of the top standing desks for 2016.
3.Take a Walk-taking a walk is healthy, and can actually increase productivity. Rather than checking out your Facebook or Instagram feed, utilize breaks to take a stroll. Try to walk at least two times a day for about 10 to 15 minutes per walk.
4.Use a Fitness Tracker-Work days get crazy and time can get away from you easily. Before you know it, its lunch time and you haven’t moved from your seat. Most fitness trackers allow you to set reminders on them telling you to get up and move. Here is a list of some of the top fitness trackers of 2016.

There are really an endless number of ways to stay moving throughout the day whether you are taking out the garbage or walking into someone’s office to talk face to face instead of calling their extension. The important thing is that you make it a priority and take a stand for your long-term health.