The sedentary lifestyle at work it has serious consequences on health, as you can see in the video of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Did you know that sitting for more than four hours a day can harm your health? And that, regardless of whether you play sports or stay physically active.https://www.youtube.com/embed/1muFUSyLF4A?feature=oembed
Consequences of sedentary lifestyle at work
The consequences of sedentary lifestyle for health are various and can be very serious. We have talked about it extensively in the linked article.
Some of these consequences are cancer, obesity, musculoskeletal disorders, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, premature mortality …
Counting on the time we spend on and off work, most people sit between 8 and 13 hours a day.
People who sit more time double the risk of diabetes or cardiovascular disease. Another fact to keep in mind is that more than 10 years of sedentary lifestyle doubles the risk of colon cancer.
Although they practice some physical exercise on a regular basis, people who sit most of the day shorten their life expectancy.
And you, how long are you sitting a day?
- While you eat
- When you move.
- During your leisure time.
Keep in mind that if you spend 0 to 4 hours sitting, the risk is low; if you spend 4 to 8 hours, the risk is medium; but if you exceed 8 hours, the risk is high.
Tips to avoid a sedentary lifestyle at work
To avoid being sedentary at work, keep these tips in mind and apply them whenever possible.
- Reduce sedentary periods of more than two hours in a row by taking breaks with 10-minute stretching sessions or taking a walk.
- Contact your colleagues in person; don’t use email or the phone if they’re nearby. Get up, walk and talk.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Meetings, better standing or walking.
- Get up whenever you talk on the phone and, if it’s your mobile, walk while you talk.
- Reduce the time you are sitting. It will do you good!
At the office, get moving!