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How To Counteract The Negative Impact Of Sitting

Counteract The Negative Impact Of Sitting

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.

  1. Invest in a standing or convertible desk and aim to stand at least 2 hours a day, preferably half the day.
  2. Sit on a balance ball some or all of the day and invest in other office ergonomics.
  3. Stand at least once an hour for a minute. It might not sound like much but can make a world of difference.
  4. Move on your lunch break. If you can lunch is the perfect time to workout, but even a 10-minute walk can work wonders.
  5. Work a few minutes of AM and PM stretching into your daily routine, focusing on your neck, upper back, hip flexors, and hamstrings.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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