Earlier in the week I read this article titled Sentenced to the Chair from Men’s Health. It was pretty interested and basically said that no matter if you exercise each day, it can’t make up for all the hours you are sedentary. People with full time jobs where they sit at a desk all day are the people they are talking about in the article.
The article also mentioned a study that looked at how many steps Americans and many European counties took. The results showed that the more active you were in daily life, the better you were in the long run compared to those that were sedentary most of the day and had “planned exercise”.
Sadly I am one of those with many sedentary hours. My job leaves me sitting almost all day long. After reading this article I’ve already made some changes at work to make me more active throughout the day.
Get up at least once an hour. That’s a pretty simple goal, but I know I can get pulled into a project staring at my computer for more than an hour. What I do to make sure I get up at least once an hours is to drink a boat load of water each day. That way my body makes me get up and run to the rest room.
File more often. This is a part of my job that isn’t very fun but this week I haven’t minded filing one bit. I get to stand or kneel while I file so I’m not sitting around.
Instead of calling to ask a question, get up and walk to the person’s office. It can be so much easier and quicker to just call someone in the office when you have a question, but I’m trying to make a point to walk over to them.
Take a stretch break mid-morning and mid-afternoon. I did this for a while back in the summer and am going to implement it back starting today. Sitting in a chair for so long can really make you feel stiff so I’ll be stretching my entire body for about 5-10 minutes a day.
Those are just a few little changes that will add up throughout the day and make me feel better because I’m not just sitting all day.
I’ve also been really trying not to slump over towards my computer. If I keep my abs engaged and shoulders back I end up feeling less stiff in my upper back.
What’s your activity level like through out the day? Do you take any extra actions to move more each day?
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