Five Ways to Move More and Sit Less
Our modern lifestyle makes it hard to prioritize our health. It seems many of us spend much of our days sitting down, which leads to a host of health issues. Between our commutes, desk jobs and leisure activities, Americans are sitting more than ever.
When we move, a cascade of positive things happen within our bodies. Fresh blood and oxygen reach the brain, which is necessary to trigger the release of mood-enhancing chemicals, our back vertebrae and muscles function properly and our risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes to colon, breast and endometrial cancers go down.
Even the latest physical activity guidelines, makes it clear: the more movement, the better. “The new guidelines demonstrate that, based on the best science, everyone can dramatically improve their health just by moving — anytime, anywhere, and by any means that gets you active,” said Dr. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health at the Health and Human Services Department (HHS).
So what are the best and easiest ways to include more movement into a typical American’s work day?
1. Make your commute active
Instead of sitting on a bus or in your car, opt to make your commute more active by choosing to bike or walk to work. If you have to drive, then park further away from your office so you can walk a bit to get to your desk. If you work on a higher floor, choose to take the stairs vs the elevator.
2. Sit on a motion office chair
Ditch the standard static office chair for a motion chair, like swopper. Swopper lets you move in three dimensions while you work – bouncing, tilting or swaying. The result? Your body stays constantly in motion and you reap the health benefits all day long.
3. Take your meetings on a walk
Whether you’re stuck on a long call or the organizer of a conference meeting, choose to stand or walk during your meetings. You’ll keep your body active AND improve your mental performance by increasing your circulation.
4. Find a non-sedentary hobby
Enrich your after work life by finding an activity you love that also keeps you moving. Whether its gardening, yoga or walking with a friend, staying active while doing something you enjoy is a double bonus for your wellbeing.
5. Stand up while watching TV
Standing or walking in place while you watch your favorite show is a great way to turn a sedentary activity into an active one. Even if you just stand during commercials, your body will thank you.
It may seem like our modern lives make sitting difficult to avoid, but with some mindfulness, you can turn your typically sedentary day into one full of movement. These small changes can have a world of benefit for your body, wellbeing and longevity.