Many Americans have sedentary jobs and, as we are learning, sitting all day is not great for our health. “Sitting is the new smoking,” is an idea that comes from Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative and inventor of the treadmill desk. Could sitting really be so bad that it rivals smoking? A large amount of research says exactly that. Sitting all day has been linked to a higher risk for cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. So what can we do to counteract this?
Focus on adding some form of movement into your workday every 30 minutes.
• Walk to the farthest bathroom or printer, climb stairs, do squats, or stretch with your co-workers.
• If you have a stand-up desk, use it for a few minutes every hour (or a length of time most comfortable for you), or stand and pace while on a phone call.
• When getting to the office, choose a parking spot that is farthest away from the building and, better yet, take a break for a 15-30 minute walk during the day.
Moving more during your workday can not only help prevent chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease, it can also increase your energy and boost your mood. So take this idea to your supervisor or co-workers and run with it!