Yay for May 6th, National Get-Fit-Don’t-Sit Day! Take time today to learn how to improve your posture, your workout routine, and how you work.
Stand up every 20 minutes
Walk over to a co-worker to ask a question instead of emailing them. When we stand up from our desk and take a quick walk our blood gets flowing once again, and it gives us a chance to step away from the computer. Personally this time gives me a moment to process ideas I’m working on and allow new ideas to flow. Especially if I mull themt over with someone else in the office.
Walk to lunch
As much as you try to fit in a work out, rush hour, dinner, family time, and household cleaning usually mean we’re too exhausted and busy to get to the gym. Instead, during your lunch hour take a walk to grab lunch instead of sitting in the break room. You’ll also be able to get a little vitamin D from the sun and some fresh air away from the confines of your desk.
The gym is great, but it’s not enough
Maybe you are able to get to the gym. Unfortunately, you might not be doing enough. Toronto researchers recently studied sedentary behavior, and found that the effects of sitting during the work day outweighs the benefits of visiting the gym at night. Scarily enough, sitting for 8-12 hours a day increases our risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 90%.
Be aware in order to stay active
Keep these tips in mind to help improve your health. Everyone needs to stand up more during the day. Set a twenty minute timer or reminder. Download a phone application to track your daily steps. Your back will thank you, your posture will improve, and you’ll breathe easy knowing you are taking preventive actions to be healthier.
How do you celebrate National Get-Fit-Don’t-Sit Day? Let us know in the comments!