Staying in a sitting position for very long period of time at work is directly linked to a number of health problems which would become serious if proper exercise regime is not followed.
On Your Feet Britain has given an alarm to people who sit for long periods in office due to their job profiles or other such reasons. Walking around and using standing desks or even having a standing meeting is recommended. Experts opine that inactivity leads to a host of heart diseases, type 2 diabetes, cancers and even poor mental health.
Even if you were regarding yourself as a fit person, prolonged sitting still might cause health risks to you.
Get Britain Standing and British Heart Foundation partnered this campaign together and surveyed 2000 workers. The survey clearly showed that prolonged sitting leads to slowing down metabolic rate, increase in sugar levels, blood pressure and fat metabolism.
The survey reported that 78% of people working in office spent too much time sitting down. More than 50% of them took their lunch in their desk, and more than 40% women and 35% men did not spend even 30 minutes standing during the whole day.
More than half of the surveyed people were afraid that they were already experiencing negative effects of their prolonged sitting on their health.
Thus it is important to avoid sitting for long hours at a stretch. In fact standing for an hour burns 50 calories more than sitting. You could follow the following tips to avoid sitting for long hours.
- Schedule standing meetings or standing lunches, giving a break to your sitting position.
- Use stairs instead of lift.
- Always try not to eat on your desk.
- Walk to your friends? desk once in every 30 minutes, instead of mailing them or texting them.
Dr Mike Loosemore, head of exercise medicine at University College Hospital, says that inactivity and sedentary life style is the biggest challenge of public health in recent times. It?s time to change your attitude and begin standing up.