HAVE MADE MANY PEOPLE LIKELY TO SIT MORE THAN IS HEALTH FOR THE BODY. Using a computer Watching TV Playing video games MANY PEOPLE SPEND AN AVERAGE OF 15.5 HOURS SITTING EACH DAY. Source: ABCNews
SOME HEALTH STUDIES HAVE PRESENTED
EVIDENCE THAT PROLONGED SITTING IS AN UNHEALTHY, EVEN POTENTIALLY DEADLY PRACTICE.
EXCESS SITTING CAN LEAD TO
PREMATURE DEATH A study conducted among 220,000 residents in New South Wales, Australia found that adults who sat for more than 8 hours a day were 15% more likely to die of any cause than those who sat for less than 4 hours a day. Source: Forbes 1
A report presented to the
American Institute for Cancer Research in 2011 stated that physical inactivity or prolonged sitting has been a contributing factor in 43,000 cases of colon cancer and 49,000 cases of breast cancer studied. Source: CBS News EXCESS SITTING MAY BE LINKED TO CANCER 2
Source: The Guardian WATCHING TV
LEADS TO HIGHER RISK OF DEATH FROM HEART DISEASE Based on a six-year study of 8,800 adults, researchers in Australia concluded that each hour a day spent watching TV increased the risk of death from cancer by 9%, and the risk of heart disease-related death by 18%. 3
These studies could convince anyone
they shouldn’t over-sit, but what if your job ties you to a desk for hours every day? HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO REDUCE SITTING TIME AT WORK.
STAND WHENEVER YOU CAN Use
a standing desk Stand while using the phone Stand while reading your emails Stand whenever you can!
WALK WHENEVER YOU CAN Walk
to your colleague’s desk instead of using the instant messenger Take the stairs instead of the elevator Have lunch outside the office
EXERCISE IF POSSIBLE (AND ALLOWED)
Try desk pushups or squats during break time Use a treadmill desk if you're able to Do simple stretching exercises between tasks
MAKE USE OF SIMPLE TOOLS
Small glass – motivates you to walk to the water cooler more often Alarm clock – reminds you to stand up every 30 minutes Camera – inspires you to walk and take photos during break time
OTHER OFFICE IDEAS Implement a
“ten-minute stretching exercise a day” policy Encourage standing or walking meetings Centralize printers and copiers
Experts advise that you should
stand, move and take breaks for at least two out of every eight hours, and ideally work your way toward four out of eight. Source: Washington Post HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD YOU STAND AT WORK EACH DAY?
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