Some days you may feel like the long hours you spend chained to your desk are killing you. The fact is, sitting more than 3-4 hours a day takes valuable years off your life. Your desk job just may be killing you!
It’s time to get off your duff! Sitting is the kiss of death!
Here are some frightening numbers on the devastating effects of prolonged sitting:
54%. The increased risk of heart attack.
18%. The increased risk of dying early if you are a man.
37%. The increased risk of dying early if you are a woman.
1/3. The number of calories you burn sitting as compared to walking around.
1/2. The amount of our body weight our backs support while we sit, which can cause low back pain.
All this, PLUS weaker butts, cores, legs, and shoulders . . . OUCH!
If you are reading this and sitting, please stand up NOW! Push your chair back, do a few jumping jacks, and get your blood and brain percolating again!
Next try these body moving, brain building fixes at home and at work:
Fidget. The mobility benefits of getting up from your desk frequently, standing to take and make phone calls, and hand delivering inner-office mail adds up.
Sit on an exercise ball. 30 minutes, 3 times a day to keep your butt, core, and leg muscles from going comatose.
Practice good posture. Every time you finish an email or hang up the phone, check how you are sitting. Roll back your shoulders, squeeze your shoulder .blades together, engage your core, straighten up your back and do a little tushie tuck.
Give yourself 20 minutes to BURN. Download one of my “20 minute to BURN” circuits and get moving at lunch. No need to go to the gym.
Trade up to a standing desk. Many brands are making it easier than ever to convert your desk to a body moving, brain building productivity space!
Remember, YOU control 70% of your health with the decisions you make everyday! Decide now to push back your chair and MOVE!
Your Mobility Matters!
More tips are available in my latest book, Fitness After 40: Your STRONG Body at 40, 50, 60 and Beyond!
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