Just like smoking a few decades ago, people are starting to learn that sitting all day is bad and why sitting is the new smoking! You can’t even argue it’s too-much-to-do-about-nothing. It’s a thing. It’s very much a TO DO – SHOULD DO – HAVE TO make an adjustment about the sitting all day, thing! Here’s a wee article explaining why: desk job is killing you It doesn’t matter if the sitting is being done while you are wearing a suit at work, if you are in your Jim-Jams watching TV on the couch, or sporting a set of head-phones in front of a gaming machine while playing against your mates remotely. Sitting is sitting, sitting is slouching, sitting for long periods is not good. Unfortunately, all that sitting for extended periods is not undone by spending concentrated periods exercising (though we certainly do not want you to ditch that aspect of your lifestyle). What combats the harmful effects of sitting, is less sitting (duh, really!), and more moving overall. So let’s tackle the sitting at work situation, with some practical steps you can take to get you off your chuff.
- Utilise a desk that can go between sitting and standing. (Note a full-time standing desk is not ideal either as the body likes to alter position regularly). Or find a combination surface that has a level where you can sit and work, and a counter level where you can move your computer to, so you are effectively working at standing height.
- Take frequent breaks. Utilise an alarm app on your phone or your computer to remind you. It doesn’t matter what you do too much during this time (come on, you know I don’t mean go to the vending machine for a chocolate bar) as long as you don’t swap one seat for another.
- Take regular walks (on those breaks is ideal) – make sure the water cooler you go to is a distance away from your desk, instead of emailing a colleague get up and go have an actual talk with them, and there’s nothing wrong with a toilet break every couple of hours (you may need it if you are drinking more from your regular excursions to the cooler).
- Get up and stretch. Here is an example of some stretches you can do at work in your office (or in the bathroom if you prefer) 6 Best Body Stretches
- Become the errand boy/girl. Go get the coffees, take everyones coin and do the lunch run to the supermarket. Take whatever opportunity you can to get up and move. The bonus in this is that you will actually be more productive than your ‘stayingonmybehind’ counterparts, so your boss will not only notice your production level, but they will also applaud you for being the one who takes initiative, and being the one others can rely on (I smell a promotion coming your way!).
That’s it. Nothing hard, nothing overly scientific. Just plain old common sense and a little effort. Combine that during work time with an after work workout, and you can very well sit on the couch in your jammies knowing you’ve done your body some good during the day.