Is sitting the 'new smoking of our generation'? Or is that taking it too far and exaggerating!? Turns out, it might not be too far off the mark - watching more than 4 hours of TV a day, increases your risk of death from any cause by 50%. This sedentary lifestyle - both at home and work - is extremely costly to business.
Alarmingly, regular physical activity (ie. meeting the minimum recommendation of 30 minutes per day) may not be enough to counter the adverse effects of too much sitting.
Prolonged periods of sitting leads to a reduction in muscle contraction and blood flow, particularly in your lower body which can effect how effectively your body is able to regular blood sugar and fat levels. If your body can't deal with sugar and fat levels properly, this can have a huge impact on your health. It increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease and some cancers just to name a few. Put simply, long periods of sitting just aren't doing your health any favours. With poor health comes low productivity and serious risks to your safety at work.
There is action you can start taking immediately to reduce your risk, though! Taking regular breaks from prolonged sitting throughout the day could be one of the best things to do. Research from Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute has shown that breaking up sitting every 20-30 minutes with 2 minutes of light walking leads to beneficial reductions in blood glucose levels, compared with uninterrupted sitting. Sitting breaks may also lead to reduced fatigue, greater concentration and fewer musculoskeletal problems, which is particularly relevant to the workplace environment - ie. employee health, productivity and safety.
Let us know if you need an extra helping hand at your workplace to combat the impact of sitting. Don't hesitate to contact us today to discuss options!