October 4, 2012 by Sarah Legg
As if I needed another reason to go out on my own…Did you know sitting for more than 11 hours per day increases your risk of death by 40 percent?
Even if you are active the rest of the day, those hours on your bottom (most-likely working at a computer or watching the tube) give you a higher chance of developing metabolic disorders, heart attack or stroke, and slows down metabolism. There is plenty of research out there proving how sitting all day can be detrimental to our health, but let’s focus on what positive measures you can take to break up the (sitting) workday.
1. Get up every hour or so and take a lap around the office or building. Better yet, refill your water once an hour to make sure you’re drinking those eight glasses a day.
2. Use an exercise ball for your work ‘chair’. Constantly utilizing core muscles to sit on the ball helps improve balance and muscle mass.
3. When not at work, stay active.
Check out this infographic for more information. Beside cutting the high stress of my former job, I no longer sit at a desk for eight hours (or more) each day.