Many of us sit 8 or more hours a day at work, and more when we head home for the day. Our bodies aren’t designed to be so sedentary so sitting can create many problems. From weakened muscles to a tilted pelvis, decreased circulation, sluggish digestion, and stiff and sore muscles. Here are a few ways to counteract some of the negative impacts of sitting.
- Invest in a standing or convertible desk and aim to stand at least 2 hours a day, preferably half the day.
- Sit on a balance ball some or all of the day and invest in other office ergonomics.
- Stand at least once an hour for a minute. It might not sound like much but can make a world of difference.
- Move on your lunch break. If you can lunch is the perfect time to workout, but even a 10-minute walk can work wonders.
- Work a few minutes of AM and PM stretching into your daily routine, focusing on your neck, upper back, hip flexors, and hamstrings.
- Midway through the day, lift your legs in a high marching motion 10 times on each side. This will activate your core and hip flexors.
- Do 30 minutes of cardio every workday, in addition to strength training at least 3 days a week.
Make a few of the changes above and you will feel the positive impact in just a few weeks.