Harvard Health Equates the Dangers of Inactivity to Smoking

Sitting is the new smoking.

It sounds hyperbolic, but the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle have been identified as a major health risk. From the time we eat breakfast, commute to work, sit on our desks, we spend around around 9 hours of the time we spend awake sitting. We’re shortening our lifespan one sedentary day after the other.

Risk of Coronary Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity, Disc Herniation, Depression are reasons enough to get moving. Because of work timelines, meetings and more, we have no other option but to be at our desks. Here is the light at the end of a very dark tunnel…

Ergo, follow these tips to get more active and you will feel the effects of these habitual changes almost immediately.

Change lunch meetings to walking meetings. Even a half hour of walking will boost your metabolism and release endorphins.

Taking precautions for the time you spend sitting would help your posture in a great way; from breathing to looking more confident.

Newer offices who have caught on early to the perils have encouraged working while standing and if it seems like an impossible feat, the least we can do for ourselves is sit correctly.

If you’re a business owner or can make this incremental change for your employees- do it in the sake of posterity.

Incorrect posture cues:-
-curvature of spine and hollow back

-neck pushed forward towards screen

-inactive hips/hips sinking into seat

 

 

Neck propelled + spine in ‘C’ shape = Incorrect
Spine and neck neutral = Correct posture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sitting correctly may seem like it would require more work, but it would maintain the natural curve of our spine, and would cause the least amount of stress to it. It would also promote you to use your core more, and look confident, perky and alive while doing so.

Because sitting correctly would be a very conscientious effort, here are a few things you can do:

-Move around every 30 minutes, shake off the tension and take a quick scroll around your office

-Set a reminder on your phone/post-its on your desk to check your posture and align align your hips, back and necks.

-Don’t sit when you don’t have to, for example; if you’re talking to a colleague, or waiting for your ride, don’t sit on the nearest bench you find. Try to stand and move around as much as possible.

 

 

Diva

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