Stand up for better health in your daily routine.
Sure, you’re aware that sitting at a desk all day is unhealthy. But did you know the harm caused by sitting all day has been compared to smoking 1 ¼ pack of cigarettes? You could even be setting yourself up for a shorter life and an increased chance for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancers. What’s an office employee to do? Luckily, the Huffington Post has compiled more than a dozen videos full of exercise tips you can take to undo the damage. Learn simple strategies such as:
- Rolling with a yoga ball or foam roller
- Setting a timer at work reminding you to stand up
- Exercises you can sneak in at the office
The British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests you aim to stand at least two hours a day (and after that, researchers encourage you build up to four hours). Given that the average person spends more than half their day in a chair for work or leisure, two to four hours can seem daunting. But by incorporating standing and stretching into your work routine, you can be on your way to a healthier day.
You can find the full set of stretching videos at Huffington Post.