SIT a lot at work? Tips on how to stay active in a sedentary job

Sitting at desk tired

Newton’s first law of motion states “A body in motion, stays in motion”, and “An object that is at rest will stay at rest unless an external force acts upon it.”

When I worked in the corporate world, I remember feeling so tired by the end of the day.  I figured it was caused by stress and mental fatigue, but I now realize how sedentary my life was then.  I walked to lunch and to my car every day, but while at my desk, I sat most of the day on conference calls.  I tried to exercise in the evenings, but I struggled through my workouts with exhaustion.

According to Dr. Joseph Mercola:

“A growing body of evidence suggests that SITTING in and of itself is an independent risk factor for poor health and premature death—even if you exercise regularly.

To counteract the ill effects of sitting, simply standing up every 10 minutes or so is actually more effective than taking a walk. And, it’s not how long you stand up, but how many times you stand up that makes the difference.

Making slight alterations to your individual work space can make a positive difference. Organize your office space in such a way that you have to stand up to reach often used files, the telephone, or your printer.

Other alternatives include switching your office chair for an exercise ball or a straight-backed wooden chair without armrests, or alternating between sitting and using a standing workstation.

To build more activity into your day, consider walking across the hall to talk to a coworker instead of sending an email, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and parking your car further away from the entrance.”

**Not only do we need to stay active during the day, we also need to eat a balanced diet of protein, fruits and vegetables, nuts, and good fats like avocado and fatty fish (salmon for example) to keep us sustained throughout the day.  Cut out processed foods as much as possible and steer clear of artificial ingredients and preservatives.  This sounds daunting with all of the quick and easy processed food options out there, but it really is much more simple than you think.  Be on the lookout for my upcoming article that will highlight scary ingredients you should avoid.

Go make it a great day, and Get Busy Living!

Eva

Source for this blog:  http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2013/07/12/staying-active.aspx

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