Don’t Just Sit There…MOVE!
Your desk and chair; normal, an average object that we all use. But are they good for you? There’s been a lot of information recently about the possible side effects of using a computer for the majority of the day, such as eye strain and the various effects of blue light. But you probably never gave much thought to what you’re most likely doing that whole time…sitting. Sitting for long periods has been found to be one of the most harmful things you can do to your body. The human body wasn’t designed to be idle, sitting for long periods has been found to cause all sorts of ailments. A lack of movement has been shown to slow your metabolism, which reduces the amount of food that is converted to energy. This leads to increased body weight, heart disease, increases in bad cholesterol (LDL), and workers becoming lethargic throughout the day. Recent studies have shown that the risk of heart disease is increased by 0.2% for every hour of sitting over 5 hours. Studies have also shown that workers with primarily desk jobs had an almost 1% higher risk of cardiovascular disease than workers that did not have a desk job. So, what can we do? The truth is you can combat these statistics by making just a few minor changes to your average day.
Trying just a few of these can help negate all the bad that sitting is doing to your body. So get up and MOVE!