How long do you spend sitting each day?

Did you know that British people sit for 8.9 hours each day (on average)

In recent years a variety of major international research has produced compelling evidence that sitting for more than 4 hours each day can lead to:

  • The shut down of enzymes responsible for burning harmful blood fats
  • Reduced calorie burning (metabolic rate)
  • Disrupted blood sugar levels
  • Increased insulin and blood pressure levels
  • Leg muscles switching off

Irrespective of your level of physical activity, the result leads to an increased risk of:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Cancer
  • Back Ache
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Muscle degeneration

So, how can you reduce the number of hours you sit each day:

  • Take frequent breaks
  • Take phone calls standing up
  • Take the stairs instead of the lift
  • Walk to a colleagues desk instead of e-mailing
  • Get off the bus a stop earlier no the way to and home from work
  • Have walking meetings
  • Eat your lunch away from your desk
  • Stand at the back of the room during presentations

You can see how long you spend sitting using the sitting calculator here:

However, don’t just stand for 5 hours every day – take it easy and build up the hours gradually over a number of weeks:

  • Start with short bursts of standing
  • Wear comfortable footwear
  • Find out what you prefer to do standing eg Phone calls, clearing out your inbox, routine deskwork
  • Find out what you do better sitting eg concise work, proof reading

And remember – that tiny changes can have dramatic results (hence we are all a work in progress)

Keep healthy!

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