Ways a Sedentary Lifestyle Is Killing You
If anyone knows me I have an exercise that I call “Get Ups”. They are pretty challenging and also necessary for everyday life. Basically you stand in front of a mat then get down onto your back with your arms over your head then you get up without using your hands then repeat for one full minute. Give it a try and see what I mean.
I’m talking about Get ups because it’s time that you get up from your desk and stop wasting away. Yes, there is startling evidence that your chair is really killing you as you can read in Dr. James Levine’s book Get Up!: Why Your Chair is Killing You and What You Can Do About It.
Dr. Levine is the co-director of the Obesity Initiative for Mayo Clinic and also the inventor of the treadmill desk.
Think about it, when you sit all day your body is like a stagnant pool with sludge growing on top. Your lymphatic system needs your muscles to move the toxins out of your body that it continuously mops up and if you don’t move then the toxins stay put destroying your health!
Prolonged sitting is associated with:
- Increased blood pressure
- High Blood sugar
- Excess body fat around the waist
- Abnormal cholesterol levels
- Cardiovascular disease
An exercise program is terrific but it still doesn’t counteract the effects of sitting all day long. Why? Because our bodies are meant for movement all day long! Here are some ways to go through your busy day and get movement along with productivity.
- Park far from your building and walk
- Keep your dress shoes under your desk at work and wear sneakers to work
- Walk a lunch time, even if it’s within the stairwell
- Set an alarm every hour and get up and dance with your colleagues, stretch or do some pushups
- Get a Standing Desk! This is the one that I use and I LOVE it!!!!!!
My standing desk has been my salvation! I stand for several hours then sit for about 30 and then I take lunch then back to standing. My brain is literally turned on when I stand and my thinking is so much clearer it’s amazing.
Let me know what tricks you are using to get more movement in your day.