Theres been a wave of new information looking at the health consequences of sitting for long periods and the results sound a warning for anyone tied to a desk at work or at home.
Our colleagues at the Vitality Institute recently posted an article on the dangers of sitting, featuring a link to this infographic from The Washington Post. While somewhat more dramatic, this information from IDEA Health & Fitness Association offers additional insight on the negative impact prolonged sitting can have on health.
So whats a desk jockey to do? There are ways for employees to reduce the health hazards of sitting and to also improve productivity. Here are a few:
- Take desk breaks Set a timer on the computer or phone as a reminder to take two-minute breaks for light or moderate activity has many health benefits.
- Use proper form Sit up straight at the desk with elbows bent at 90°, relaxed shoulders and feet flat on the floor.
- Pace Use a hands-free headset and walk around during a conference call that doesnt require you to be seated at a computer.
- Encourage walking meetings Instead of sitting in a conference room, take coworkers on a walk. Benefit from the fresh air and moderate activity.
- Schedule stretch breaks Break up the monotony of long meetings by stopping for brief stretch breaks. This not only gets the circulation going, but can reenergize meetings.
- Promote walking clubs Walking clubs are ideal during lunch breaks during the warmer months; consider year-round indoor routes for those with large enough facilities.