Sitting Breaks

Technology of course, has made our lives easier, a way lot easier. But sadly enough it has also shaped our mode of life, to that of a sitting one. We sit at home to watch the TV, we sit in our cars, and we sit at work in front of the computers….for more than the hours we use in sleeping.
So…, what is the story here?
Our bodies have been developed to support itself i.e. its natural metabolic processes by regular movement. So a sitting mode of life comes at a cost. Centuries ago, humans lived the nomadic and agric life by default let me say. The point is our bodies don’t function well with a sitting mode of life.
Studies have linked prolonged sitting with anxiety, depression, cardiovascular disease, obesity, inflammation, cancer, and type 2 diabetes (Sanchez-Villegas et al., 2008; Thorp et al., 2011).
A person can work in the tech industry, sitting at the computer for hours at home and at work, then hit the gym for high intensity workouts three or four days a week and still suffer from the adverse results of too many sedentary hours (Katzmarzky, Church, Craig, & Bouchard, 2009).
Even working out regularly can’t compensate for hours of prolonged sedentary (on a spot) behaviour. This doesn’t mean there is no hope; sure, there is a way around it.
Recent studies have shown that taking even short 5-minute breaks to stand up and walk around can help restore normal function, improving glucose metabolism and preventing cardiovascular risk (Dunstan et al., 2012).
Although studies is still going on in this field to fully understand the connection of our health with sitting (our sedentary mode), health psychologists have and are still developing several interventions, and some people have begun using standing desks or sitting on exercise balls instead of chairs.
We can begin by making simple steps or changes in our lives to improve our health. We can take regular breaks at work by standing and walking around every hour, standing while on the phone, walking down to talk to a co-worker instead of pinging them. Also at home you can take a regular stretch break by standing up, shrugging your shoulders, taking deep breathes to release tension and other simple exercise.


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