Friday, May 13, 2011

Sitting is Killing You - What to do About it

"Inactivity and deprivation of all accustomed stimulus is not rest; it is a preparation for the tomb" ~Robertson Davies

Sitting is Killing You 
Via: Medical Billing And Coding

Unless you wait tables or work construction you probably spend most of your day sitting.  Even our leisure time usually involves sitting.  So what do we do about it?

5 Tips to decrease your sitting time

  1. If you work at a desk, try sitting on an exercise ball instead of a chair.  By doing this you will be engaging your muscles in subtle ways to keep your balance and sit upright.  This requires next to no change in your routine but your body will appreciate the difference.
  2. Stand up and walk around whenever you can.  Take frequent breaks to stretch and walk.  Stand up and pace the floor when you talk phone calls.  
  3. Watch less TV and spend less of your leisure time at a computer. Take up active hobbies such as a team sport, running or gardening.  Find ways to make your time to relax a bit more active.  Go window shop and walk around the mall if you need to.  Whatever it takes to get on your feet more often.
  4. Spend more time outside.  I just don't know how to sit when I am outside.  When I'm out in nature I can't help but feel the need to explore.
  5. Practice awareness by keeping a sitting log.  Keep track of how much time you spend sitting and then try to decrease that number every week.  You can't fix what you don't measure so keep track.
Any other tips or ideas? Leave a comment! 

I know this is something I need to work on.  I have a desk job and many of my hobbies are sitting ones, such as reading and TV time with the hubby.  I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!

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