Today I’m going to talk to you guys about being sedentary (that is not moving very much) even if you think you might….
So what’s enough??
Current government guidelines estimate that the average adult in the UK should be active for about 150 minutes of the week, where “active” means light to moderate activity. So what is “light to moderate activity”? This can be anything from walking through to running and weight training. The most important factor is that you get some movement in.
You might feel as if you lead a fairly healthy life- you attend the gym at least 3 times a week and eat healthy most of the time whilst staying hydrated. Trouble is,if you have a job that requires you to be at a desk for eight hours or more during the day this can be seriously detrimental to your health. Let me explain why:
First of all, deep vein thrombosis can occur, which is basically where blood gets ‘stuck’ in the veins and will gradually build up and harden- contributing to clots in later life- this is dependent on hereditary factors, but why take the chance?
If you do have a desk job (or you are generally not very active during the day) get up and do some movement, don’t take the lift in the morning, get up and ask your colleague that question, instead of emailing them. It’s important to try and do 10 minutes of movement for every hour of sitting if possible. Regular physical activity reduces the risk of coronary heart disease by 35% (British heart foundation, 2017).
“I am too busy to be doing any movement”
Are you too busy to be thinking about your health?? It literally doesn’t take five minutes to walk from one end of the office to the other, or walk to the water fountain a few times a day, which will also help with hydration. The long term benefits are firmly in your best interests.
Posture can be poorly affected by sitting down all day, this can lead to a kyphotic (humpback) posture which can reduce the capacity of your chest, leading to breathing problems in later life.
Do some stretches such as the one shown in the picture on this post. You don’t even need to get out of your chair for these, and they can be great for spinal health. Here is a useful link to some stretches you can do in your seat.
Keep the movement going and remember to live with intent!