Desk Job or Couch Potato? Understanding the Health Risks of a Sedentary Lifestyle
Don’t just sit there. The research is out there and the statistics are in. Beyond the obvious facts that sitting or lying down for long periods can cause back pain and decrease muscle, there are significant risks to your health. Each should be a strong motivator to get up and active!
The Health Risks of Physical Inactivity:
- High Blood Pressure
- Higher Risk of Obesity
- Decrease in Skeletal Muscle Mass
- May Increase the Risk of Certain Cancers
- Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
- Elevated Cholesterol Levels
- Coronary Heart Disease
- Contributes to Anxiety & Depression
Tips to Get Active at Work:
For many who have a job behind the desk, it’s important to incorporate movement into your daily routine. Here are a few tips from the trainers at Thrive Fitness:
- Each hour, get up from your desk to walk or stretch.
- Incorporate a yoga ball into your seating to reduce strain on your back.
- Try a standing desk, treadmill or bike desk vs. a traditional desk or cubicle
- Turn your lunch break into a fitness break. Visit your gym or stroll the streets near your office to clear your lungs, maintain or build muscle and improve circulation. (By the way, this is a naturally effective way to boost your mood, focus & energy too!)
- Wear a FitBit, Apple Watch or other fitness / app technology that will keep you informed on your daily activity and steps to help keep you accountable.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator
- Don’t eat at your desk (or at home on the couch)
- Try “movement meetings” with team members or family – take a stroll down the street or a nearby park instead of a meeting room.
- Walk or bike to work (and when running errands)
Getting the Proper Amount of Exercise
When at home and on weekends, here are some great tips to ensure you’re getting the right amount of exercise and activity in your life.
- Limit TV & Smartphone time (this includes television shows to video games)
- Partake in exercise & leisure activities 4-5 times per week. (Gym time, swimming, walking, running, sports, yoga, biking… to get your heart rate pumping and rev up your metabolism).
- Don’t take the “lazy” way out. Every day can benefit from simple activities such as walking the dog, doing household chores, running errands, taking stairs and more.
On top of all the benefits of exercise and being active, rest easy knowing the efforts will help you sleep better, slow aging, enhance your mood and libido, speed up your metabolism, boost immunity and you’ll have fewer health issues throughout your life.
Take the first, important step into fitness. Contact Thrive Fitness for a free consultation. Thrive Fitness offers personal, partner and small group training, body-scan technology, on-site nutritional guidance, specialized training for athletes to seniors and more. Learn more at www.ThriveFitnessAtlanta.com.