Sometimes clients in early morning exercise classes are exercising before work. But is that enough? After the morning workout, many sit for the rest of the day. In addition to that early morning workout, from time to time, we must sort out ways of breaking up the day, and moving about. How?
1. Set a timer. Everytime it rings, get up and walk around, and stretch.
2. When the phone rings, stand up to talk. If you are able, (not taking notes), do some “stand and sit”s (squats) in front of your chair while talking.
3. Do you have to photocopy? Bored waiting? I used to do squats or wall pushups while waiting for my copies to be ready.
4. Take the stairs at least part way. Alternate jogging up and walking flights. Or go sideways up one flight, then switch to the other side.
5. At a long meeting? Even interesting meetings make you sit too long! One client told me she drops a pencil just so she can bend down and pick it up! Or bend down and tie your shoe.
6. Stand at your keyboard. My husband elevated his screen and keyboard onto a sturdy box so he can stand part of the day.
Recent article in the news have pointed to some problems of sitting too long. Harvard Health Publications has an interesting article “Too Much Sitting linked to an early death.”
“Even if you are doing the recommended amount of moderate to vigorous exercise, you will still have a higher risk of mortality if you’re spending too many hours sitting,” says Dr. JoAnn Manson, one of the study’s authors, and chief of preventive medicine at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “Each of these behaviors is important and has an independent effect on cardiovascular disease and mortality.”
Time to stand and walk around!
Sheri, Fitness Centre staff