There are so many benefits to sitting less and moving more
Did you know that simply standing for more than 4 hours a day leads to weight loss, better posture, better heart function, increased focus, and a stronger immune system?
It’s really simple, if you stand and move around during the day, you have a lower risk of early death than if you sit at a desk. That’s a pretty bleak fact, but it’s true.
Sitting for long hours in the short term causes tightness in the hips, neck, and shoulders. You will end up with lower back pain and eventually disk problems, and neck and shoulder tension which leads to things like carpal tunnel and chronic inflammation. Sitting also puts our body in a position that doesn’t allow us to breathe properly.
Have you heard the phrase “Sitting is the new smoking”?
Long periods of inactivity reduce your metabolism and impair your body’s ability to control blood sugar levels and regulate blood pressure. This means weight gain and high blood pressure.
For a healthy life, you need 60–75 minutes per day of moderate-intensity activity to combat the dangers of excessive sitting. And even if you exercise but spend a large amount of time sitting, you are still risking health problems, such as metabolic syndrome.
Research shows that sitting for more than 4 hours a day dramatically increases your risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
Luckily it’s not all doom and gloom. As soon as you make the decision to move more and sit less, you will instantly be so much healthier and on the road to feeling stronger, more flexible, and have less pain and more energy.
The Stand4Health™ system is uniquely designed for individuals and groups that want to upscale their workplace be that at home or in the office.
With over 20 years of experience and working with hundreds of clients, I’ve noticed the main reason they have pain in their bodies is due to a sedentary lifestyle.
Start by setting up your ergonomic workplace to incorporate movement and end up with good posture, less anxiety, consistent productivity, and improved quality of life.
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Here is the truth:
Physical inactivity contributes to over three million preventable deaths worldwide each year (that’s six per cent of all deaths). It is the fourth leading cause of death due to non-communicable diseases.
Physical inactivity is also the cause of 21–25 per cent of breast and colon cancers, 27 per cent of diabetes cases, and around 30 per cent of ischemic heart disease.
- Breast Cancer & Colon Cancer 25% 25%
- Diabetes 27% 27%
- Heart disease 30% 30%
The NHS found that, compared to the shortest time spent sedentary, the longest time spent sedentary was associated with the following stats.
The guidance suggests that office workers should be on their feet for a minimum of 2 hours a day during working hours but this should eventually be increased up to 4 hours a day.
112% increase in risk of type 2 diabetes
147% increase in cardiovascular events.
90% increase in death due to cardiovascular events.