Why sitting is the new smoking

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You may have heard about that one in the news recently. The first time I heard it, I felt like “This is terrible! I gotta sit down, I’m gonna faint!” But NO! You need to get up!! Get up and walk around, and stretch and get moving because you’re constantly cutting the good blood flow to your legs and feet. Your posture after a couple of hours is probably looking more like the Hunchback of Notre Dame rather than a ballerina.

I’m not a physical therapist or chiropractor by any means, but I can tell you that by moving around more, you will not only gain long-term health benefits, you will also feel instantly energized, more awake, and you will have the willpower to stand up to that beloved 3pm chocolate/coffee snack. That’s a double bonus!

If you’re like me, you can have all the best intentions, but without a reminder, they’re worth only half as much. So I added reminders to my outlook calendar and made myself little appointments to get up and stretch, or to take a 2-5 minute walk. The little walk works wonders when I’m stuck in a project and the screen and my concentration start going blurry. The movement, blood flow and (sometimes) the fresh air and sunlight have an amazing effect on your brain!

You don’t have to break out a cardio workout but stretches, lunges, and squats are easy and don’t take much room at all. I recently heard about the Perfect Office Workout and checked out their website perfectofficeworkout.com where you can view all the workouts for free. For a really small fee they offer great plans for those of us that need reminders. They have weekly plans, integrated outlook reminders, challenges, etc.!

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What I liked right away is that the models in their picture guide are wearing office attire! I’ve seen many other office-workout sites where the model is wearing yoga pants and sneakers.

The whole point of creating and following these exercises is to be able to do them in your work clothes! I don’t change into my gym clothes for a 5 minute stretching session at my desk – do you?

 

Each session is between 3-5 minutes so it’s really not taking a lot of time out of your busy day. Start with one session a day this week and then two next week.

See how your energy improves :)

Here’s another great site that features exercises you can do while at work: Yoga International. This one has yoga stretches, and although the model is wearing yoga pants, it’s still totally doable at your desk – no warrior one position required :) It’s more on on leg and lower back stretches. The two areas that are mostly impacted by long periods of sitting.

 

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