At least that’s what the Globe and Mail stated in an October 2012 article (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/why-the-sedentary-life-is-killing-us/article4613704/). Many studies are now showing the detrimental effects of inactivity. Some even go as far as to say that exercising on the weekends will not counter the effects of sitting all day long.
So what are we to do? Our jobs demand us to be in a seated position for most of the day (driving to work, sitting at work, driving home, sitting for dinner, sitting at the TV). How can we help to counter the effects of being stuck in a seated position? Here are some tips that will help you get on the (up)right track:
- Stand frequently throughout the day. Try once every hour for a few seconds to stretch out. Taking frequent breaks can be very helpful. Try standing when you’re on the phone or walking to talk to a coworker instead of email.
- Encourage ‘walking’ meetings instead of sit down ones. Better yet, take them outside on nice days.
- Take a walk on your lunch hour. Take advantage of your workplace fitness centre if you have one.
- Look into a standing workstation or ask for an ergonomic assessment to ensure your seated working posture and set up is correct.
- Focus on good posture (standing and seated) throughout your day. Open the chest, bring your shoulders back and down and retract your head – your ears should be in line with your shoulders and hips.
For more ideas on how to stay fit at the workplace, check out this short segment on CTV Morning Live.