Did you know that the average office worker sits for 10 or more hours a day? Our modern lives have us sitting at our desks, ploughing through emails, writing reports and proposals… and even eating lunch, then we come home and sit on our couch to watch TV.
This sedentary lifestyle could quite possibly be killing us. A 2010 study in the American Journal of Epidemiology followed 123,000 adults over 14 years and found that people who sat more than 6 hours a day had an 18% higher mortality rate than those whose daily chair time lasted for less than 3 hours.
WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT
Ensuring your workstation set up is helping not hindering – “office ergonomics” have become a bit of a fad, with sit stand desks taking the lime light, however can be expensive. Your workstation can be designed in a way that can help and not hinder your health.
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Get about 30 minutes of activity every day – Researchers have found that people who exercise generally face lower risks of these health conditions than those who don’t exercise.
Stand up at least once per hour – Standing up and walking around for even two minutes every hour can help offset the life-shortening effects of sitting.
Be aware – Make sure you are keeping note of how much you are sitting each day. This way you can look at reducing this a little each week.
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