Is “Sitting” The New “Smoking”? Tips for Today's Office Worker

Uncategorized Aug 27, 2019

Is “sitting” the new “smoking”?

According to Mayo Clinic, any extended sitting — such as at a desk, behind a wheel or in front of a screen — can be harmful.

But based on multiple studies, the answer to the above is still up for debate!

However, it seems clear that less sitting and more moving overall contribute to better health.

According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, back pain is one of the American’s most common health problems, with 1 out of 4 people experiencing back pain 1 day out of every 3 months.  More pressure is applied through your low back when you sit versus stand.

You might start by simply standing rather than sitting when you have the chance or finding ways to walk while you work.

Here are a few wellness tips:

  • Take a break from sitting every 30 minutes. Set an alarm on your phone or computer.
  • Stand while talking on the phone or watching television.
  • If you work at a desk, try a sit-to-stand desk. Do this in intervals, and transition slowly. Find a ratio that works best for you.
  • Wear supportive shoes with increased standing, avoiding high heels.
  • Host walking meetings rather than sitting in a conference room.
  • Walk to speak to a colleague versus sending an email.
  • Park further from the entrance.
  • Get up and stretch your body, especially the front of your hips and the back of your thighs.
  • Be mindful of your posture. Ensure your computer monitor is at eye level, so you are not looking down.  Use a headset with your phone.

The impact of movement — even leisurely movement — can be profound. For starters, you'll burn more calories. This might lead to weight loss and increased energy. Also, physical activity helps maintain muscle tone, your ability to move and your mental well-being.

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