Did you know that if you have a desk job you could be sitting on average 1920 hours per year? Not only does your body think that you aren’t moving, but sitting for long periods of time can increase your risk of having a heart attack by up to 54 percent!
Sitting for long periods of time can be detrimental to your health and can cause potential health issues. Sitting for long periods without moving can shorten and stiffen your muscles, causing neck and back pain. When you are sitting for long periods of time, the knees are bent, which can cause the hamstrings to become shortened and stiff. Tight hamstrings can pull the pelvis backwards and can lead to low back pain. Poor posture increases the amount of energy you use in order to keep you in an upright posture. Research is suggesting that sitting less than three hours a day could boost life expectancy by up to two whole years.
Here are some tips to limit sitting at work:
Standing desks: Research shows that by using a standing desk at work, they found that those standing burnt 50 calories per hour more than those who were sitting. It also is important for posture, as when you sit you can be hunched over, resting your hand on your chin and crossing your legs. It will also improve your core strength, purely by just standing at the desk which will lead to better posture.
Walking meetings: instead of having your meetings at the office, why not have a walking meeting? It gives you a chance to go outside (hopefully the weather is nice and sunny) and you get some exercise in as well. Not only does it get your heart pumping, but also helps you re-focus mentally to be more productive at work.
Stretching: Tight muscles can be a pain! (Literally) It’s important to stretch muscles such as your hamstrings, glutes, quads and neck to prevent them from shortening and stiffening up.
Be more active: instead of emailing a colleague who is in the office, why not get up and walk to their office? It’s important that if you are sittingdown a lot at work, at least get up and get moving at least once every hour, whether it be to grab a bottle of water, lunch or coffee, any movement is good.
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