Tips to get you off your seat and on your feetPosted on September 24, 2015
By now you are probably aware that prolonged sitting is bad for your health, but you may not realize how easy it can be to correct the problem. Here are seven tips you can follow to decrease the amount of time you spend sitting down and improve your overall health.
- Stand up and move around every 35 to 40 minutes, or at least once every hour. The human body was designed to move continuously, so your goal is to spend as much time as possible in motion.
- Be an Egyptian God at work. What that means is to mimic the posture of hieroglyphic Egyptians while you’re at your desk. Keep your spine straight, with your legs and forearms horizontal. The top of your computer monitor should also be at the same height as your height. This will also help eliminate pain in your back and neck.
- Get out of the habit of always driving or taking public transport. If your destination is within walking distance, just walk.
- If you are at a job where you choose how to divide up your break time, don’t spend it all at once. Instead of taking an hour all at once, take your break 20 minutes at a time.
- Look into the possibility of getting an adjustable desk that allows you to alternate between sitting and standing. Or, just make a point to stand up at your desk every now and then.
- Create non-sitting areas in your house where you can do things comfortably while standing up.
- Get into some hobbies that require you to move around. Stop “liking” things on Facebook and start liking something in the real world. You just might discover that there are plenty of things out there that don’t require sitting down.