Many people now sit more than they sleep, spending an average of 10 hours a day driving, at work, and in front of a television. Evidence suggests that sitting for prolonged periods may increase the risk of obesity, diabetes, and cancer. To reduce some of these risks, it is suggested to break up sitting by taking mini-breaks throughout the day at work and during leisure time. By reducing sitting time by 5 minutes an hour, at the end of a long day, you have shaved an hour off the total sitting time.
Here are a few tips to help “stand more, sit less”:
• Stand up
• Take the stairs instead of the elevator
• Park the car farther away from your destination
• Get a walking buddy
• Use a fitness tracker
• Go get a glass of water
Limiting sedentary time is equally important, as sitting long periods of time can have negative effects on health. For those who sit a lot, finding ways to reduce sitting would be a good start, but it is not enough. In other words, physical activity can help offset the health risks of sitting. Exercise is one of the best ways to promote good health.