If, like me, you work almost exclusively on your pc, chances are you’ll be sitting down all day. This is not good for you at all. Aside from all the sitting down issues, RSI in your hands, there are also eye issues from staring at the screen all day.
The answer? Move more.
Here are my top tips that I employ every day:
- Every hour walk around. Get up to make a cup of tea, chat to a colleague, go to the loo. Anything. My favourite at the moment is to grab something heavy and do some squats.
- Walk around when making phone calls. I quite often go outside, and pace up and down.
Change position in your seat. I learnt this from long days on the bike – change position often – of your feet, your legs, your bum and your head height.
- Look away from the screen regularly. Place things behind your screen that catch your eye so that you are not just starting straight ahead all the time. I always position my desk with a window to the side. This way I have to completely move to stare out the window and daydream…which I do a lot 🙂
- Chairlates – flex muscles in your legs alternately starting at your toes and work your way up. Finish with a bum wiggle. See if you can do a minute of crunches. I use this in the car a lot too on long journeys.
Scary stat time:
- Sitting at work for 8-10 hours a day causes so many problems that even a 30-60 minute daily work out won’t counteract the issues raised. see here
- Research published in Diabetologia found that those who sat for the longest periods of time were twice as likely to have diabetes or heart disease, compared to those who sat the least. more
- Sitting for more than eight hours a day has also been associated with a 90 percent increased risk of type 2 diabetes. more
- Findings presented at the 2015 Inaugural Active Working Summit also found that sitting increases:
◦Lung cancer by 54 percent
◦Uterine cancer by 66 percent
◦Colon cancer by 30 percent. more
- Your brain function slows when your body is sedentary for too long. Your brain will get less fresh blood and oxygen, which are needed to trigger the release of brain- and mood-enhancing chemicals.
- The more hours you spend sitting in a day, the shorter your lifespan may be. One study found, for instance, that reducing the average time you spend sitting down to less than three hours a day could increase your life expectancy by two years. more