"Don’t Just Sit There"

Odds are that right now, you’re sitting down while reading this post. How long have you been sitting? An hour? Two hours? Maybe you can’t even remember the last time you got up.

I came across an article in Macleans Magazine the other day that discusses the negative effects that long hours of sitting can have. It came at an interesting time for me because I have recently been told that I have an upper back and neck problem due to the long hours I spend sitting at a desk, hunched over. Definitely a wake up call. I don’t think a back and neck problem at 19 is good for me.

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It’s true that sedentary behavior, whether it be sitting at a desk or watching TV, has become how we spend most of our time. Over the past week I’ve really been trying to make changes to reduce my inactivity.I also highly recommend taking a look at the New York Times article, “Don’t Just Sit There.” It’s a very interesting read and another welcome reminder that we shouldn’t spend so much time sitting.

Here three things that I’ve been trying to implement:

1. Take phone calls while standing or walking around.
My job requires me to make a lot of phone calls and I’ve started to make them while standing or slowly pacing. It’s a good way to get out of the chair and move around while being productive.

2. Being more conscious of the time.
I find that if I’m more conscious of the time, I am more conscious of just how long I’ve been sitting. If I look at the clock and an hour has passed, I know it’s time to get up and move.

3. Stretching while watching TV.
My body will often ache if I spend a lot of time in one position. Instead of sitting on the couch for a couple of hours watching TV, I bring out my yoga mat and do some stretches while I watch my favorite shows.

What are your tips and suggestions to help get moving?


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