In our hectic lifestyles, where we’re constantly moving, the question arises are we really though? We sit in an Ola/ Uber or our cars to get to work, we sit at our desks and then we couch-surf at home, catching up on our favourite shows. The question then arises, are we spending most of our hours sitting? The answer is yes, yes we are.
Dr. Levine, from Mayo Clinic, is passionate about the negative consequences of a sedentary lifestyle stating, “Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.” There is no doubt that the negative consequences of a sedentary lifestyle are well researched and documented.
A recent study by the World Health Organization has identified physical inactivity as the leading cause for non-communicable disease like cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes. Leading a sedentary lifestyle brings a lot of bad mojo into your life, and is now being called the new smoking because the effects of both have become comparable.
Prolonged periods of inactivity increase the risk of obesity and hello, varicose veins! Ain’t nobody got time for that. When one is sitting, a number of metabolic and physical changes begin manifesting themselves. The minute your derrier hits the chair, your metabolic rate shoots to an all time low and burns the bare minimum calories. The blood circulation to our legs is reduced and therefore becomes slow and sluggish.
So the question is, what is the solution to minimalise the damage we’re causing on an everyday basis? The answer is pretty convoluted. It’s not going to be easy, it requires movement and it maybe a little disruptive. But we’re giving you tips to do some damage control, so implement them and thank us later.
1. Invest in an exercise ball.
2. Walk around when you’re on those long drawn client calls.
3. Take frequent bathroom breaks; go to the printer and the pantry instead of being served at your desk.
4. Try taking breaks every 10 minutes and stretch.
5. Take the stairs not the elevator. (We bet you can hear your mother’s voice echo through your ears as you read this)
6. Try these deskercises.
7. Pinterest your way through to finding a workable standing desk.
1. Don’t keep a bottle of water around your nightstand; get off your couch every time you get thirsty.
2. When you’re catching up on your favourite show, don’t skip the adverts- skip during the adverts.
3. If you’re an avid reader, get up and stretch at the end of each chapter.
1. We know you want to grab a table at your favourite restaurant, but instead (every now and then), stand at the bar while you make merry.
2. Instead of meeting your friend at a café, catch up with them over a walk.
1. Give up your seat- stand during your commute if you use public transport.
2. Walk short distances.
3. Instead of driving out to work, ride a bike.
4. Park away from work, so you can squeeze in a short workout.
Try to make these small changes and you’ll see your overall wellbeing being affected for the better. Tell us what you do to keep yourself moving in the comment section below.