Stand and move more during Sit Less September
E Tu Tatau! Sit less, move more, feel great!
Tama tu, tama ora, tama moe, tame mate.
He who stands, lives, he who sleeps, dies.
This Māori proverb means activity brings well-being and inactivity brings sickness.
Our bodies are designed to move not sit. Breaking up sitting time by moving or standing keeps your muscles “switched on” and limbers up your whole body.
When you sit for long periods throughout the day, the large muscles in the legs are “switched off”. This inhibits your body’s regulatory processes such as clearing blood sugar levels. Prolonged sitting also shortens and tightens your hip flexors and hamstrings and weakens and stiffens the muscles that support your spine. Standing as much as you can throughout the day will contribute to agility, balance and suppleness and protect you against fatigue and back pain or discomfort.
Sit Less September Competition: Share your actions and ideas
What have you done to encourage your work colleague(s) to stand up, sit less and move more this September?
Moving a little helps a lot: Twelve top tips to reduce sitting time at work
- Take comfortable walking shoes to work;
- Have standing or walking meetings/hui;
- Eat your lunch away from your desk and go for a walk during your breaks;
- Do some computer and desk exercises;
- Switch between working seated and standing;
- Walk the long way to the tearoom, toilet, photocopier or meeting room;
- Stand up while on the phone, or walk around when on your cell phone;
- Walk to a co-worker’s desk instead of emailing or phoning;
- Stand at the side or back of the room during presentations;
- Park your car a little further away from work so that you get more opportunity to walk; and
- Consult your health and physical advisor about how to best to increase your physical activity, if you have impaired mobility or use a wheelchair.