Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Sitting All Day Long

As a human, we can't leave the sitting or standing all day long. It depends on what we're doing. If you are an office guy, then you must be sitting all day long. It is unhealthy. The best thing is to sit correctly for your health.

Human beings weren’t made to sit in office chairs all day. What we thought was just uncomfortable, though, may be more than that – it may actually affect our health and wellness.

So what if you’re a writer, or an IT guy, or otherwise sit in a chair all day? Here are some easy ways to incorporate more movement into your day (if you can’t get your boss to spring for a work station treadmill):

1. Get up and walk around for a few minutes every hour or two – even if it’s just to the bathroom and back.
2. Fit a workout in before heading to the office.
3. Take the stairs.
4. Use your morning, afternoon and lunch breaks to do something active – take a walk, a run, a bike ride or hit the gym. Eat standing up.
5. Introduce “walking meetings” to your co-workers. If you have a meeting or brainstorming session scheduled with a small group, why not take it around the block? Some people do their best thinking on their feet.
6. Stretch or do calisthenics in your cubicle every couple of hours.
7. Sit on a balance ball instead of a regular chair. At least then you’ll be working your core muscles.
8. When you get home at night, don’t head straight for the couch. Do something active – you’ll feel better and your body will thank you.

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