Don’t Just Sit There…MOVE!

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.

  1. Take the stairs when you can.
  2. Take a walk on your lunch break.
  3. Use an exercise ball at your desk versus a chair (it helps build core stability).
  4. Take a “walk” break every hour or two and walk around the office for a few minutes.
  5. Stand at your desk, if possible. Standing burns more calories than sitting.

Trying just a few of these can help negate all the bad that sitting is doing to your body. So get up and MOVE!

About Jason P. Powell

Jason P. Powell is a Materials Testing Manager at Inberg-Miller Engineers. Jason currently manages the CMT Department at IME’s Cheyenne office. His experience includes field and laboratory construction materials testing, geotechnical laboratory testing, subsurface exploration, and soils classification. In addition to managing dozens of CMT projects, Jason is also a certified ICC Special Inspector for reinforced concrete, structural masonry, and spray-applied fireproofing. Jason grew up in the northern panhandle of Florida and moved to Wyoming in 1993 when he was stationed at F.E. Warren AFB as an Electro-Mechanical Technician and Weapons System Controller for the Peacekeeper ICBM weapons system. In his free time, he enjoys working out, family activities, and is currently pursuing a degree in Business Management.