Sitting less is important no matter how active you are. Even if you’re getting enough exercise in your day, you still might be sitting too much.
We need to -
- minimise the amount of time spent in prolonged sitting
- break up long periods of sitting as often as possible.
Why it’s important to sit less -
More and more research is showing that it’s not good for your health to be sitting or lying down for long periods during waking hours. Researchers call this ‘sedentary behaviour’.
There’s evidence that shows adults who sit less throughout the day have a lower risk of early death, particularly from heart disease. Sedentary behaviour is associated with increased risk of being overweight, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
Evidence also suggests that even if you meet guidelines for how much physical activity to do, this may not help reduce the risks of sitting too much. Health benefits are greatest for people who sit less, AND move more.
- Take regular breaks from your computer. Get up and take a break every 30 minutes.
- Rotate standing tasks and sitting tasks across your shift.
- Don’t want to miss your favourite TV program? Stand up to watch it and do the ironing or wash the dishes at the same time.
- Stand to read the paper.
- Wash your car by hand instead of using the drive-through car wash.
- Move around the house while you check your text messages and emails on your mobile phone.
- Offer up your seat on the bus or train, especially on shorter journeys.
- Leave your car at home. Walk or cycle at least part of the way to where you’re going. Take public transport and walk to and from the stops/stations. Or park your car further away from your destination and walk the rest of the way.
- Plan regular breaks on long car trips.
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