The electronic age has fundamentally changed how much time we spend sitting down and being a more sedentary population. Whether it be at home, during travel or at work, we spend a great deal of our waking hours on our backsides. Sitting is not an activity which promotes good health.
Sitting for long periods of time has been directly linked to an increase in poor nutrition, obesity and insulin resistance, which can lead to diabetes. These health problems also increase your risk of developing coronary heart disease.
Most research has been done on how watching television affects health, because watching television is the most common leisure activity among adults, but with laptop computers and tablets, we spend even more time on the couch.
Adults who watch less than two hours of television a day are less likely to have type 2 diabetes or be obese, and have a lower risk of developing Cardio vascular disease.. The reverse is also true the more time an adult spends watching. So, take that two hours and apply it to surfing the web, or reading on your e-reader. The activity is not the problem; the problem is that you are not moving.
Take a look at these 5 tips to adding more movement into your day.
Speak to co-workers in person
Instead of emailing, instant messaging or calling a coworker, get up and walk over to their desk. Stand in your colleague’s office to discuss things, or suggest taking a walk to chat.
“Within two weeks, you could get addicted to walking and working,” says James Levine, MD, an obesity researcher at the Mayo Clinic.
Walk or [ace while on the phone
A lot of us spend a great deal of our day on the telephone, so invest in a two-way speakerphone, super long phone-to-ear cord, or quality headset so you can be more mobile while you chat. This would be a great time to utilize that blue tooth for a legitimate reason.
Even if you simply stand while on the phone, you’ll naturally shift from leg to leg.
Take a walk after eating
Putter after eating
After eating, don’t just take a seat on the couch, get outside and take a quick walk. If you have a dog, take them with you, both of you could use the exercise. Or use this time to walk with your spouse, a great 30 minutes with no distractions to talk. The fat levels in your bloodstream are highest after eating, and simply moving around afterward increases the activity of lipoprotein lipase, which spurs your metabolism.
Opt for bar seats at restaurants
Sit on the front third of the barstool; spread your feet just wider than hip distance, so they’re supporting a fair bit of your weight, and gently roll your hips forward, arching your back slightly.
This position is called “perching”—it maintains an S-shape in your spine, and distributes your weight more evenly.
Leave the seat at home
Whether you’re going to a concert, tailgate, or park, don’t bring a chair.
You’ll find that if you don’t have one, you stand the whole time or naturally move back and forth between your blanket and standing, which puts you on your feet more. says Marc Hamilton, PhD, a microbiologist at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center.