The quote on this page reads, “Movement not only changes your body, it changes your mind.” Even if you exercise an hour a day, what are you doing during the remaining 23 hours? The key for energy, health, and productivity is to sit less and stand more.
Why You Might Want to Sit Less
There is a ton of research from all over the world that indicate the more you sit the greater your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and death from all causes.
And, if you’re watching your weight, consider this. A 150 pound person burns 100 cal an hour sitting, but 135 cal standing. It may not sound like much but just standing an extra 20 minutes a day will lead to a 1 pound weight loss over the year. Could you get up and move even more than 20 minutes?
But, sitting all day doesn’t just affect your health and weight, it can zap your energy! We don’t think twice about resting between sets of resistance exercise or after an hour of running? Realize that your brain is like a muscle and needs a break to recharge too.
Here are Ideas on How to Sit Less
(feel free to watch the video down below instead of reading)
- Set a timer to stand up and move every hour or so. Even if it’s just a few minutes.
- Drink more water. You’ll need to make more runs to the bathroom.
- Use a pedometer to track your steps. Aim for 10, 000 steps a day
- Walk to a colleague’s desk instead of sending them an email.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Fidget more. Yes, do more of what our kids do…fidget more. Personally I like to practice my tap steps waiting in line at the grocery store. Ya, seriously!
How do you prompt yourself to move more during the day? Let me know (askme@DrJo.com)