Sitting Too Much? How Sitting Affects Your Health

The results are in: you’re probably sitting too much.

Think about it. Many of us work 9-5 jobs where we are sitting for most, if not all, of the day. You sit in your car during your commutes, which can be upwards of an hour a day depending on how close you live to work. You sit during your meals. And, after all of that “work” we typically like to unwind by sitting in front of the TV before going to bed.

That’s a whole day of sitting!

It might not seem like it, but this sedentary lifestyle is not good for your health. Many studies have been conducted to determine the impact of long-term sitting on our bodies. The results show that our cardiovascular health suffers from prolonged sitting, and we are at a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

So, you might be thinking, “How do I combat all of that sitting if my job requires me to sit in front of a computer for most of the day?”

We understand that life can get in the way of you being active. It can be tough to find time to exercise when you have a full-time job and a family. But regular workouts aren’t your only options when it comes to moving around throughout the day. Try these 3 things to interrupt your sitting time while working.

Walk Around the Office When you don’t have to be at your desk, don’t be. Taking a break? Instead of surfing the internet, take a quick walk. Have a phone call? Stand up and pace your office. Any time you aren’t required to be in front of a screen or typing, get up and move around.

Deskercise Deskercise, or exercising at your desk, has become a popular means of combatting all the sitting that we do. Try these simple yet effective exercises you can do at your desk!

Stretch & Move How often are you sitting when you could be doing something else? The answer is probably more often than not. When you’re watching TV, instead of lounging on the couch, get on the floor and stretch. Try and touch your toes for the length of the commercial break. Or, if flexibility isn’t your strong suit, get up and walk around during every commercial break. Get those steps in!

We aren’t forced to live a sedentary lifestyle. As long as we actively think about being active, we can fight the dangers of sitting.

Committed to being more active? Here are 6 ways you can work out while getting ready for work.