More on the Killer Chair!

If you have a job that has you literally tied to your chair for hours each day, then I recommend you read on. And stand up now – you can read this standing up.

The human body is designed to be upright and mobile. Many of you hear me talk about this in the clinic. Lots of processes happen when you’re standing or moving. Important processes like removing fat from your bloodstream, postural muscle contractions, changes in hormone levels and blood pressure and burning fat for energy. When you sit for long periods, your brain thinks your body has gone to sleep and shuts down all these processes and the fat stays in your bloodstream and your muscles stop working and literally lock up.

The scary thing is, that doing your 30+ minutes of exercise each day DOESN’T do anything to reverse the effects of all the sitting! In fact, scientists are now including sitting as a separate risk factor for a whole bunch of diseases, like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. Even if you exercise regularly, your risk still increases if you sit for hours a day!

So, what can you do? Simple, get up from your chair or sofa as often as you can – ideally every 30 minutes. That doesn’t mean you have to leave your desk – just stand up. Make or take a phone call. Read something standing up.

If you've got any ideas on things you can do to get yourself out of your seat more, leave a comment below!

Tags: movement   sitting   posture   work  

Posted: Monday 12 November 2012

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