Stand up for yourself during Sit Less September
Sitting for prolonged periods is bad for your health no matter how fit you are! Sitting is the new smoking: The more you sit, the poorer your health.
All-day movement is just as important for maintaining good health as traditional exercise sessions and can contribute to fitness and suppleness. When you sit all day:
- your hip flexors and hamstrings shorten and tighten; and
- the muscles that support your spine can weaken and stiffen.
Sit Less September Competition: Share your actions or ideas
What have you done in your workplace to stand up, sit less and move more?
Email your actions and ideas to Ann Vanschevensteen at Community and Public Health during September to go in the draw to win a spot prize for your workplace(ann.vanschevensteen[at]cdhb.health.nz).
Tips to reduce sitting time at work
- have standing or walking meetings/hui;
- eat your lunch away from your desk;
- go for a walk during your breaks or at lunchtime;
- do some computer and desk exercises;
- switch between working seated and standing;
- 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.