Stand up for yourself during Sit Less September
Sitting is the new smoking: The more you sit, the more it will affect your health.
He pai ake te iti I te kore. Just standing up more throughout the day can improve your health. Standing instead of sitting reduces your blood pressure, reduces your chance of getting type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, and heart disease. Standing is similar to walking as it:
- increases energy,
- burns extra calories,
- improves posture and muscle tone,
- increases blood flow and
- ramps up metabolism.
So sitting less and standing and moving more will prevent many lifestyle diseases and premature death.
Tell us what you are doing to sit less in your workplace
What have you done in your workplace to create stand up, sit less, move more opportunities? What have been the barriers?
Email your actions and ideas to meg.christie[at]cdhb.health.nz to be in for the draw to win a spot prize for your workplace!
Move more to lift your mood!
Mauri tū mauri ora. Standing up, sitting less and moving more is great for your mind and brain function. There’s lots of evidence that physical activity is good for mental health, wellbeing, motivation and positivity. People who move more are healthier and happier than those who sit for a long time. Sedentary lifestyles are linked with increased fatigue and depression.
Sitting for a long time increases your chance of being overweight and obese
Prolonged sitting causes your body metabolism to slow down. This affects the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and break down body fat. Standing instead of sitting you can burn more calories!
Prolonged sitting for is bad for your health no matter how fit you are
All-day movement is just as important for maintaining good health as traditional exercise. When you sit all day, your hip flexors and hamstrings shorten and tighten. The muscles that support your spine can also become weak and stiff, causing low back pain.
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
- consult your health and physical advisor about how to best to increase your physical activity, if you have impaired mobility or use a wheelchair
- ask your manager to make a standing desk available in your workplace.