We spend most of our day sitting. We sit during the train, bus or car ride to work. We spend most of the day at work sitting at a desk. We then sit on the train, bus or car ride home. Once we get home, we do more sitting. Excessive sitting has been associated with:
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- Increase risk of heart disease, according to the British Journal of Sports Medicine
- Back pain due to constant pressure on vertebral disks
- Hip, neck and shoulder pain due to poor posture while sitting
- Weight gain and obesity
One of the best ways to counter the health risks that come with excessive sitting? Do the opposite. Stand up. Standing can:
- Burn 20%-25% more calories versus sitting
- Distribute your body weight over a variety of body structures ( muscles, tendons, joints, etc.) to avoid excess pressure on vertebral disks
- Improve posture
- Assist in reducing risk of heart disease and other chronic health problems
Here are some healthy ways to reduce excessive sitting:
- Set your cell phone to chime every hour as a reminder to stand up for a few minutes
- Stand up during telephone conversations and conference calls
- Stand up during part of your train or bus ride to and from work.
Simply standing more puts you one step closer to optimal health.