Is Sitting Bad For Your Health?
Updated: Dec 19, 2020
Can sitting be bad for you? These are the dangers of sitting all-day
The Mayo Clinic recently wrote in an article that research linked sitting for extended periods of time with a growing list of health concerns. So many of us, almost 70% of those who work at a desk all day, sit for the majority of our workday! If you are part of that 70%, you need to pay attention. Sitting extensively has been linked to the following health concerns:
If you have a family history of any of the health issues in the list above, you need to make sure to avoid sitting all day! Well, what can be done about it? Mainly... stay active daily after work.
There are many ways to do this. If you are at work and you have a gym, make sure to schedule workout time into your work calendar, even if it means getting on a treadmill for 20 minutes every other day to get your steps in. If you don't have a gym, take a few laps around your building, or walk to the closest coffee shop for an afternoon fix instead of ordering (which nay only be possible if you live downtown). Lastly, if you work from home, make sure to invest in workout equipment that can keep you active when you are not sitting. We personally recommend stationary bikes, which do not take up a lot of space and are easy to use, at any time!
Here are 9 health benefits of riding a stationary bike:
Great for your heart
Unique low-impact exercise
Accessible and convenient
Reduces the risk of obesity
Improves balance and coordination
For more, check out our latest list of top stationary bikes that are great, and affordable.
But what if you have to be at a desk all day while working? Here are a few tips that can help while you work:
Take regular breaks
Every 20 to 30 minutes, take a break, stand and stretch. Doing this allows your blood to freely flow to your extremities and allows your eyes to relax. Remember to not look at your phone during these breaks! Relax your mind as often as you can. This is a great time to use the restroom, get water, get social interaction, and rest your eyes.
One of the easiest ways to avoid the dangers of sitting too much is to stand up while you work! There are options everywhere now to make this happen, from stand up desks to electric adjustable desks. If you can, get a stand-up desk to freely stand and sit, all while working at your desk. For tips, take a look at our top standing desk picks in 2021. A standing desk is an investment worth making! Keep in mind that you will also need an office chair designed for a standing desk. Again, our personal top picks are found here.
One of the best ways to not only increase bloodflow, but also to improve your mood, which inevitably leads to better performance at work, is to walk! Whether you simply walk to your car and back, to the bathroom that's a little further away, or to the vending machine for a healthy snack, walking is a great way to fight the effects of sitting.
Watch your posture
Make sure, above everything, that your desk and chair are set up at the right height to encourage good posture, which will relieve back and neck pain. So many of us think we are comfortable, but our desks and chairs are set up in a way that encourage bad posture, leading to neck and back strains, as well as carpal tunnel syndrome. For a great video by WSJ on how to set up your work-station for great posture, I encourage you to watch this video.
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