More than any other time in history, we humans spend a lot of time sitting.
- We sit when we drive.
- We sit when we work.
- We sit when we watch TV, surf the web, and text or play games on our phones.
Numerous studies have come out recently that have found excessive sitting has become a risk factor for heart disease, obesity, diabetes, etc.
About 4 years ago, I noticed a big shift in my own life and health when my work schedule changed. I went from training clients about 40 hours a week and spending about 20 hours sitting in front of the computer, to where I am now – training clients about 18 hours a week and 40 hours on my butt in front of a computer. With this change in schedule and increased sitting time, I gained weight without changing my eating, and felt less energetic and much lazier-NOT how I want to feel or live my life!
So, what can we do about this sitting epidemic? If you have a career that requires a lot of computer and sitting time-here are some ways you can alleviate all that sitting time:
1. Set a timer to alert you every hour and do 1 minute of exercise at your desk. This is one of the top tips I ask companies to implement when I am invited to speak at corporate lunch and learns and wellness programs. Even one minute on the hour can boost your mood, increase your alertness and metabolism, and improve your focus.
2. Find “relaxing” activities that don’t require sitting and staring at a screen. Playing sports, going for a bike ride or walk, or playing in the backyard with your kids are all great ways to relax and stay active.
3. Use an adjustable desk. An adjustable desk can easily transform from a seated workstation to standing workstation. I truly believe these desks will become very common within the next decade. Treadmill desks will likely increase in popularity as well, and hopefully variations of the treadmill desk will become more affordable in the near future.
As the seasons change and weather warms, let’s all try to sit less and move more and boost our chances of living longer, more energy filled lives! Starting a short but intense exercise program is a great way to start sitting less. Click here to get started today.