By Rosemary Marchese
Editor, B.A. Applied Sci (Physiotherapist)
Yep, and even the gym junkie is not immune. If you sit all day, or for a great part of the day, then even the daily workout you may be doing may not be enough to offset the damage that prolonged sitting can do to your body.
Is this you? Get up, go to the gym (or somewhere to train), get ready for work (and perhaps get kids to school) then sit in your car/on the bus/train, and go to work. Yes? Well, then do you sit behind a computer or in countless meetings too? That’s a lot of time sitting and there is evidence to prove it. Of course, doing some exercise in the morning is a great way to start the day, but we also need to start focusing a little more on breaking up the day with incidental activity. I wouldn’t recommend sitting for longer than one hour without getting up, going for a short walk at the very least.
Tips for getting moving during the day:
- Get up after 55 minutes of sitting and move around for 5 minutes (make a cup of tea, walk the fire stairs or go speak to a colleague rather than send an email!).
- Establish your day in chunks where there are obvious and set opportunities to move, e.g. park a little further away at school pick up or from the office door so you have to walk further to your destination.
- Walk at lunch time.
- Have ‘walking meetings’ rather than ‘board room meetings’ if there are only two of you in the meeting.
- Fit in at least a short walk at the end of the day.
- Use the stairs – no lift or escalator if it can be avoided!