Interesting study about the impact that long-term sitting has on your health. Researchers followed 123,000 people over 13 years. Those who sat for 6 or more hours a day were almost twice as likely (37%) to die during the study as those who sat for 3 or fewer hours a day (18%). And that’s regardless of how much exercise they got. Those 6+ hour people may have been super active! They were running, going to spin class, playing soccer, but if they sat 6+ hours a day, they had a higher mortality rate.
What’s a 6+ hour sitter to do? You work in an office or at a table, the stuff’s got to get done– you’ve GOT to sit. Not everyone can mount their computer on a treadmill. (That’s my sis, yo? Her boss set that up! Elea, report?)
Here’s what you do: get yourself on a micro-break program. If you’re self-disciplined, you can set an alarm to go off every hour or so and make yourself take a 5-minute walk-around-and-stretch break. But if you need help with that kind of self-discipline (you’ll blow off your phone alarm, or, more likely, you’re reading this thinking- WTF, take a break?!), then go to this website www.workrave.org and download their free micro-break software.