Are we sitting too much? Many of us spend much of our day, sitting – in our cars, eating meals, in class or at our jobs, watching television and at many social events. We’ve made sitting as comfortable as possible, with large couches and recliners; with special ergonomic office chairs, etc. While sitting can be very rewarding after a tough day, we still need to make sure we are moving around enough.
Research states that sitting for long periods of time has been linked to a higher risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and increased amounts of bad cholesterol. Prolonged sitting may also trigger us to eat more, leading to weight gain and belly fat. This comfy habit has also been linked to a higher risk of death from heart disease and cancer. While experts don’t know exactly why these illnesses are linked to a lot of lounging, they hypothesize that sitting causes the muscles to work less and blood to flow more slowly. Research has also found that while exercising for an hour a day is very healthy for us, it may not be enough to undo eight hours of sitting. Does this mean we should give up on our hour of exercise or quit our jobs that require us to sit all day? No.
Researchers also state that the more you move, the better off you are. This can even include simple things such as position changes while sitting or taking a quick second to stretch. Experts suggest getting up at least every 30 minutes, if possible. Here are 10 easy ways to get you up and moving:
There are plenty of other ways to get moving. Small changes make big differences. For information on working with a Fitness Professional at Innovative Health & Fitness, contact them today at (414) 529-9900, ext. 730.