Sitting Too Much is Bad For Your Health!
It’s official! In case you haven’t already heard, sitting is the new smoking. And if we want to be healthier, happier versions of ourselves then we all need to get off our butts and commit to sitting a whole lot less… ASAP!
Many of us are spending far too much time off our feet than what we should be. Our modern society isperfectly gearedd up for hours of sitting on end thanks to our demanding lifestyles and the evolution of technology. Although technology is amazing in many ways it has a dark side which has totally effected our daily activity levels. Between computers, tablets, emails, social media, TV, games and shopping online, sitting too much and sedentary living is at an all time high.
Studies are showing that excessive sitting is more harmful that we thought and has been linked to obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and early death to name a few. There are also many people suffering from upper back troubles, poor posture, joint discomfort and have chronic neck problems. If you take a second to stop and think about it, it makes complete sense these issues have a lot to do with the constant leaning down (slouching) which accompanies sitting for long periods of time while staring at our phones or computer screens.
Now I am not saying that you must NEVER sit down and relax but you need to understand that too much sitting, whether on your couch or office chair, is bad for your health. These days, less sitting is every bit as important as having a wholesome well-balanced diet and doing regular exercise.
Speaking about exercise, while it plays a crucial part is our overall health, we cannot be naive and assume that one 60-minute workout per day is going to be enough to undo the damage caused by practically sitting and lying down for the other 23 hours of your day. And I can definitely relate to this! I typically workout every morning for about 60-minutes, and up until recently, I would then come home and spend the rest of my day sitting for hours on end at my laptop answering emails, doing admin, editing photos, blogging, studying etc. By the end of the day, when I left my desk you could have sworn I never worked out earlier. My neck, back and hip flexors would feel totally jammed up and lets not even talk about my posture… HELLO rounded shoulders! Have you experienced this too?
You know that saying you cannot out-train a bad diet? Well, the exact same can be said for sitting, you cannot out-train a sedentary lifestyle either! Don’t worry, Beautiful! This doesn’t mean that you need to over exercise like a mad person every day! You simply just need to be more mindful and do some gentle movement more frequently throughout your days so that your lovely body can function better.
My tips on how you can sit less every day:
It is much easier than you think, I promise! To start, you can simply choose to get up every 30 – 50 minutes for some gentle body-loving movement. Go get a glass of water, a cup of tea, go outside for some fresh air, walk up and down the stairs, do a few stretches or even a couple of body weight exercises like some squats, lunges, push ups or wall sits. When I do this not only does my body feel that much better but so does my mind – it is like a breath of fresh air! You can also use apps or a fitness tracker like a Fitbit to track you daily activity levels AND even set hourly reminders throughout the day to get you moving. Try it and let me know what you think…
Even though taking regular breaks for some light movement to get the blood flowing again has been a massive help for me, I am a girl who is ALWAYS looking to up her health game! I have been seeing so many people raving about standing desks on social media lately and I was itching to see what all the fuss about! I did a little research and came across a local company called Deskstand SA, on Instagram and immediately got in touch with them to test out their Original DeskStand!
What I LOVE about my DeskStand:
- It was SO easy to set up – I even managed to do it ALL by myself! DIY Health Girl 🙂
- You can adjust the height of the stand according to what feels good for you as an individual.
- The desk stand is a beautiful high-quality natural wood.
- It is totally affordable.
- The stand came with a two-week DeskStand challenge to help guide you on your way!
- My body has been feeling a helluva lot less sore once my work days have finished.
What Bodhi loves (my four-footed French Bulldog child):
- The anti-fatigue mat that comes with your desk. The mat is there to help you stand a little longer in case your legs start to feel tired. I hardly got to test it out because Bodhi totally claimed this as his own and turned it into his FAVOURITE day bed ever! See picture above for reference… How cute!?
When I first got my DeskStand I started off small – aiming to stand for 1 hour a day and then I bumped it up from there. I now absolutely love to start my work days off standing while I answer emails and do some admin. From then on it is a mix of sitting, standing and gentle movement – whatever feels right for me. The DeskStand has been a fantastic add-on to my health regime and has without a doubt helped me to be less inactive during the day.
Always remember gorgeous, too much of anything is not good! We need to find that happy medium balance to keep us thriving each day!
I would love to know what you think of this blog and if you found it useful in the comments below!
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