Are You Sitting Too Much?

This is a guest blog post written by Jenni. Jenni is a NASM certified personal trainer and blogs at her site Fitzala. You can also find her on FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

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We’ve come to new heights in the evolution of man. Long ago, time spent sitting down and conserving energy was valuable. It meant less time to gather food or hunt animals.

Now we no longer have to run from saber-tooth tigers, and what once saved us is now doing the opposite.

According to a study by the Institute of Medicine and Public Health, it’s likely you spend 56 hours per week sitting. Fifty to 70 percent of people spend six or more hours per day sitting and 20-35 percent spend four or more hours per day watching tv.

Thats a lot of seated time. So much so, that 30 minutes a day at the gym might not counteract the eight to nine hours spent sitting each day.

This presents a dilemma for a big part of the population, many people work an office job, then sit in traffic on the commute home. There’s just not time in the day to work eight hours, go to the gym for two and still have time to spend with the family and doing other favorite activities.

“Every two hours spent just sitting reduces blood flow and lowers blood sugar, increasing the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.” says obesity researcher James A. Levine. He suggests that if you’ve been sitting for an hour, it’s been too long. Get up and move for 10 minutes of every hour.

Fortunately, many companies are now providing standing desks for their employees. It’s widely spread enough, that there are plenty of reviews streaming in and so far, the response is positive. Standing desks can give you higher energy levels, make you more likely to walk around (since you’re already standing), prevent headaches, and heighten concentration levels.

So what can you do to avoid sitting too much?

  • Set a timer to get up and walk every 60 minutes. It’s not just good for your weight related health, it’s good for your eyes to take a break from the screen too.

  • Invest in a pedometer to track your steps. See if you can hit 10,000 daily.

  • Take the stairs whenever possible.

  • Walk around when you are on the phone.

  • Take up a new sport or hobby.

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