By: Erika Takeda-Eastham
As we wrap up Global Employee Health and Fitness month, we want to highlight some important facts and exercises to keep you healthy while you work!
Did you know?
FACT: The average US adult sits 6.5 hours a day. For teens it’s even more. That is an increase of about an hour a day since 2007. That means you are sedentary for at least a quarter of your entire day.
Sitting or lying down for too long increases your risk of chronic health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. Sitting for an extended period can also be harmful for your mental health. Less circulation throughout your body can cause muscles to atrophy and joints to stiffen making YOU feel uncomfortable, achy and gain weight.
According to the Mayo Clinic, it is not necessarily sitting that can be harmful, but the lack of movement caused by sitting too much.
So, can we combat excessive sitting?
The answer is YES.
To combat the effects of too much sitting, one study showed that intense physical activity 60-75 minutes a day can counter the effects of too much sitting. But should you just have one hour of killer cardio and then sit for the next 10? No.
If you have never worked out before, we suggest starting slow. Even if you have years of experience working out, we do not suggest the ratio of 1:8 in terms of intense exercise to sitting. Instead, we suggest:
And try these movements to counter the effects of sitting:
Please consult a doctor or a healthcare provider prior to these movements. These movements are determined from a Certified Personal Trainer, not a healthcare physician. If you are at all worried about your health, please consult your doctor.
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