“He who rests, rots.” Arthur Fiedler
In my home I have a treadmill desk where I can be active while working. I’ve always been a man on the go.
The evidence is piling up that too much sitting can take a serious toll on your health. A 2014 study (http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2091327) found sitting for prolonged periods raised the risk of cardiovascular disease by 14 percent, cancer by 13 percent, and diabetes by a whopping 91 percent. The impact was even more pronounced in people who did not exercise regularly.
Studies say the average person spends more than half their waking hours sedentary, doing such things as working at a computer, watching TV or sitting in traffic.
Even if you exercise for 30 minutes a day, that 30 minutes does not counteract the sitting. There are simple ways that people can counteract these negative effects.
Below are some things you and I can do to be healthy:
Just because you are in a corporate or home office doesn’t mean you can’t move. You need to stand up at least once an hour and move.
Park your car at the furthest edge of the parking lot and don’t take the elevator if you just have a few flights of stairs. Consider doing a walking meeting and walk and talk. Walk while you’re talking on the phone. Start your day off with a walk or take an evening stroll.
Change your desk
Sitting on a stability ball instead of in a chair engages your core muscles by balancing. Change your desk to a standing desk. Standing at your desk burns twice as many calories as sitting. You can also consider installing a treadmill desk like I did to walk and work.
What do you like to do for exercise? Join a gym, find a friend to go running or walking with, hop on your bike, swim laps or do yoga. These are just a handful of ideas – just be sure to do something you like to do. At the very minimum, try to go on a daily walk. I know some people that enjoy listening to music or leadership development podcasts while walking. Invest in a wristband exercise monitor that will measure your steps each day and set goals for yourself to meet a minimum number of steps.
As well as the many physical benefits, exercise is also one of the most effective ways of improving your mental health. Regular exercise can have a profound effect on all aspects of your emotional well-being. It can relieve stress, ease depression and anxiety, improve your memory, help you sleep better, and boost your overall mood.
Staying active helps me live life unlimited!