By: Mission Healthy Living
November 02, 2015
Some say sitting is the new smoking. However, it may just be sitting still that is really the problem. It's something your parents most likely always told you to do when you would fidget in church or in school, but sitting still is definitely not something you want to do all day and here's why.
An Ask Well article via The New York Times featured a reader question that brought about a good point. They asked if bike riding is considered a less than optimal exercise if sitting is, indeed, the new smoking. Think about it -- certain exercises like bike riding are techinally done sitting down even though you're moving and exerting quite a bit of energy (depending on how you like to bike).
In the article, the author, Gretchen Reynolds, explains that while prolonged sitting increases your risk for diseases like obesity, diabetes, etc., it's really the immobility of your muscles while sitting that is to blame rather than your posture.
Here are some ways to move your muscles at your desk and prevent that sedentary behavior we all seem to fall in to:
Head outside: Take a walk around your office building with a co-worker during lunch or even partner up with local initiatives that offer lunchtime exercise. For example, here in Pottstown, we have Fit for Life which offers the weekly Mercury Mile walk. In fact, there will be one this Wednesday, Nov. 4 at noon! During inclement weather, try a couple trips up and down the stairs or just heading to your co-worker's office when you have questions instead of emailing from your desk.
Talk to your Boss: Ask him or her about starting up a Worksite Wellness program so you can particpate in brain breaks and fun physical activities during the work day to break up all the sedentary routines and get the office up and moving!
Exercise at your desk: Whether you have a standing desk or a normal one, try out some of these exercises when you have a few minutes to spare throughout the day. It will get your eyes off the computer screen and your body stretching!
Whatever you decide to do, try to break up your periods of sitting and remain as active as possible. Your body will thank you for it!