Take a break from sitting!Fri, 2011-02-04 10:52
Written by Tarja, Nokia Wellness Diary team
Most of us spend a great portion of our days sitting. A growing number of scientists argue that sitting too long during the day really can harm you. According to an article in Science Daily web the researchers argue that risks associated with prolonged sitting seem to be obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease risk factors and unhealthy dietary patterns to mention a few. However, it is not only a question of increasing physical activity. The latest findings argue that reducing the time spent sitting is the key for reducing health related risks. Sports-medicine experts Dr Richard Weiler and Dr Emmanuel Stamatakis argue in the BBC News article on laziness that also energy-saving devices, like remote controls, not only make our lives easier, but make us lazy and keep us in sitting position longer and thus create risks to our health.
I read many different articles on the subject and this sitting thing really struck me - especially because I sit extended periods of time during the day. I read all those articles in a sitting position and I felt like standing up right away. I decided to take a break and walk around the office to think this over. What can I do to improve my situation? I decided to search for help.
I found an article in American Heart Association’s web pages called “Physical activity in your daily life”. It contains good tips to increase physical activity at the office. Here are the ones which suit me the best
- Brainstorm project ideas with a co-worker while taking a walk
- Stand while talking on the telephone
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator (Do you know why? Because I already do that!)
- Walk down the hall to speak with someone rather than using the telephone.
On top of that I decided to start moving my legs more while sitting. Stay tuned and I tell you later how I managed to follow these new ways of increasing my daily activity level.
What do you do to increase your daily activity level? How do you manage to stand and walk more than before? Share your personal tips with us!