Recently I’ve seen a couple of stories on our local news stations about the dangerous effects of sitting all day. This is tough to hear, especially for those of us who work jobs where a majority of our work is done sitting at a desk. Dr. Michael Roizen says that sitting for 6 or more hours at a time negatively affects our blood sugar, triglycerides, good cholesterol and resting blood pressure. Sounds like it’s time to get serious about getting up off our bums throughout the day, even just to reassure ourselves we aren’t morphing into our chairs!
Dr. Roizen says that moving around every hour or so, even just for a few minutes, will help to counteract the bad body effects of sitting for extended periods. When we get up and move, key enzymes in our body move, our blood gets flowing and or muscles start flexing that will help stimulate our blood sugar, triglycerides, and more.
Here at the California Giant offices, we are making it a part of our New Year’s resolutions to get our bums off our chairs more! Here are just a couple ways we are looking to do this, and we encourage you to try these around the office with your co-workers too.
Stand up at least every 30 minutes! Go to refill your water, grab coffee or head to the bathroom. (If you are drinking enough water every day, you’ll probably need to go anyways!)
Stand up while you’re on the phone if you can. Even just for a short phone call it can make you feel better and more awake.
Stretch. Get some people around you to collectively take a stretch break with you. That way you aren’t the oddball stretching in the corner, am I right?
Take a walk. A few gals here in the office have decided to walk together each day at lunch. This is a great idea, especially to get out and get some fresh air.
Walk over to have a chat with someone in the office instead of using email or phone. You may have heard this before, but it really is an easy way to make a difference.
Have a fitness center in your office or building? Take a 5 minute walk on the treadmill every hour or two while reading an article or catching up on some news.
Fidget. Seriously, if all else fails just fidget a little and get your muscles moving!
Invest in a Treadmill Desk! Okay… this may not be a reality for many of us. BUT if you can at all make this possible, it is a surefire way to improve your health… one step at a time!
What do you think about Dr. Roizen’s findings on sitting all day? Weigh in with comments below, and feel free to send us your tips for moving throughout the work day.