Is Sitting the “New Smoking”?

If Sitting is the “New Smoking” Then We’ve Got Your Cure

Research has linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of serious health concerns including obesity, increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels and even an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.  So what are you going to do about it?  Get up and start moving!

Here are a few ways you can add a little movement into your day at the office:

  • Stand while talking on the phone or eating lunch.
  • Go for a short, brisk walk during your lunch break.
  • If you work at a desk for long periods of time, try a standing desk — or improvise with a high table or counter.
  • Park in the farthest spot from the front door and take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Walk laps with your colleagues rather than gathering in a conference room for meetings.
  • Position your work surface above a treadmill — with a computer screen and keyboard on a stand or a specialized treadmill-ready vertical desk — so that you can be in motion throughout the day.

Just one hour of moderate-intensity activity offsets the health risks of 8 hours of sitting, and seems to eliminate the increased risk of death associated with high sitting time. So get off your bottom and get moving so you can keep your good health!  

If you need a little help to get moving or if you’re experiencing pain while you exercise, give us a call and we can help you return to doing the activities that you once loved!