Can sitting for long hours put you in trouble?
You may want to stand up while you read this.
Experts now say you should start standing up at work for at least two hours a day -- and work your way toward four.
Today, the average office worker sits for about 10 hours - office meeting, emails, eating meals, computer etc.
Medical researchers have long warned that prolonged sitting is dangerous, associated with a significantly higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and depression, as well as muscle and joint problems.
Some have gone on to say that the office chair is worse for your health than smoking and kills more people than HIV. Even working out vigorously before or after work may not compensate for extending sitting.
Metabolism slows down 90 percent after 30 minutes of sitting. The enzymes that move the bad fat from your arteries to your muscles, where it can get burned off, slow down. The muscles in your lower body are turned off. And after two hours, good cholesterol drops 20 percent. Just getting up for five minutes is going to get things going again. These things are so simple they’re almost stupid.”
According to the expert statement released in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Americans should begin to stand, move and take breaks for at least two out of eight hours at work.
Gavin Bradley, director of Active Working, an international group
Gives following suggestions -
Take your calls standing.
Hold standing meetings,Walking meetings.
Walk over to a colleague’s desk instead of sending an e-mail.
Use the stairs instead of the elevator.
Taking a lunch break.
Isn't this Simple stuff.