Stand up while you read this!!
Do you have achy muscles, numb limbs. or sore joints? If so I can tell you these are the side effects of sitting for too long. Many recent studies have shown that sitting too long put you at risk for obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other health problems. Is it worth it? NO!!
Now even if you go on your morning run or are a regular at the gym, if you spend the rest of the day sitting, you can run into some heath problems you don't want. Sitting too long is just plain bad for you.
Now Drs and researchers say it's important not only to exercise, but make sure you are breaking up prolonged hours of sitting. So even if you exercise every day, you also need to take breaks away from your chair and raise your heart rate. Here are a few tips to help you get moving.
- Set an alarm that will remind you to stand up and walk around for a few minutes.
- On your lunch break, take a nice brisk walk.
- If you can stand while you work... Thomas Jefferson used a raised desk so he could stand while working.
- Make sure you choose leisure activities that don't involve sitting. Dancing instead of a movie.