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.
You increase your ability to maintain a healthy weight when you replace sitting with standing. You’ll burn even more calories if you aspire to at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day!
Snack on standing! Standing and moving more throughout the day means that more calories are expended than if you sit for prolonged periods. Standing instead of sitting speeds up metabolism as you increase in the production of fat-burning enzymes. Moving more improves your ability to regulate blood sugar.
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.