When we sit we don’t move enough. This slows the process of fat and sugar metabolism—leading to the “couch potato” physique. Here are some simple ideas to incorporate more movement into your lifestyle.
During a television commercial, do a sit-to-stand activity. Go from sitting to standing to sitting again. Repeat this 10 times, rest for a minute and do it again.
Stand up and walk to the back of the couch, holding the back of the couch for stability, lift one heel toward your buttock and hold the position for 30-45 seconds, and do this twice for each leg. As your balance improves (an added benefit), try not to hold on to the back of the couch. Once you get better try adding this to increase the difficulty: with shoes off, stand on a balled up towel (about 4 inches thick) while you do the activity.
Stand while you take a phone call. Don’t lean against your desk. If your phone allows it walk laps around your desk during the call.
Position your work surface so that it enables you to stand while you are performing your duties. This may require some ingenuity on your part. But keep this basic idea in mind, the more often you sit, then stand, the better it will be for you.
Even if you are active at the gym (which is really good, so don’t stop!), the medical literature indicates that this does little to offset the negative effects of prolonged sitting.
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at Main St. Chiropractic
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