How often do you sit in a day? A lot of us sit all day at work and then come home and watch TV or read and sit all evening. Even if you are an avid exerciser, sitting too much can bring on a bunch of health concerns. Studies have shown that adults who watched a screen for recreation for more than four hours a day have a 50% increased risk of death from any cause, a 125% increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, including a heart attack.1 The obvious cause of sitting too much and not moving is gaining weight and even obesity. Unfortunately, if you sit all day at work and come home and sit around, even if you spend a few hours a week working out, it doesn’t seem to offset the risks very much.1
So, what can you do to reduce your risks? Try some of these tips:
- If you sit at a desk all day, try a standing desk or move your computer to a high table or counter to work.
- Stand or take a walk whenever you use the phone or on your lunch break.
- Get up from your desk regularly or if you are sucked into a Netflix show, make sure to walk around to move between each episode.
- Instead of meetings in a conference room, try walking meetings if you are only meeting with a few people.
- Especially if you commute and sit at a desk all day, make sure you move frequently at home.
- While watching TV, do exercises or stand and walk around during commercial breaks.
Do you sit frequently? Did you know there were so many health risks associated with sitting too much? What will you do to change your habits and walk or stand more throughout the day? Share with us below!
1 – facts from Mayo Clinic