Many professionals sit for extended periods of time. This sitting can increase your chances of developing health issues that can become extremely serious and long-term, such as: back pain, joint pain, ulcers, cancer, and other chronic pain / illnesses.
Getting up and moving just a few minutes at a time throughout the day can ward off some of these illnesses / pains and could help you live a longer and healthier life. According to Dr. Karen Basen-Engquist, professor in the Department of Behavioral Science at The University of TX, “Taking just one- to two-minute breaks from sitting may help lower your cancer risk.”
- 1-2 Minutes to spare? Take the stairs instead of the elevator – taking the stairs at work, running errands, or at the mall can get your heart rate up, strengthen bones, builds muscle, and burns calories.
- 5 Minutes to spare? Stretch – whether you are at work or at home just get up and stretch your whole body: neck, shoulders, arms (including forearms and wrists), back, and legs (including hamstrings and feet). You’ll increase the circulation throughout your body, decrease muscle stress and tension, and build more energy.
- 10-15 minutes to spare? Go for a brisk walk – take a walk around your building / the block, walk to lunch, take walking meetings with your coworkers, or if the weather doesn’t permit you can take a brisk walk around your building / house. Walking helps boost metabolism, decrease stress, maintain a healthier blood pressure, and possibly reduces breast and colorectal cancer risks (a HUGE plus!!).
- 20-30 minutes to spare? Tidy up your house – this counts as your aerobic / cardio time! The same old chores can get your heart rate up and make you feel a lot better (not to mention – you’ll have a cleaner house!). These repetitive activities can include: scrubbing, mopping, taking multiple trips up and down the stairs to put laundry / other items away, and even vacuuming. And don’t forget abut the gardening – a great way to get some exercise in.
What do you do when you have a couple of minutes? Are you staying healthy?