Once upon a time, humans spent most of their day performing low-intensity physical activity in order to survive. The fact that our lifestyles today has us sitting much more than moving around has caused change to human physiology and consequently a decline of physical activity has lead to more humans being overweight, developing type 2 diabetes or heart disease, and experiencing depression and anxiety.
Many of you may think that sitting is relaxing and not putting much stress on our bodies, however our bodies are built for movement!
When we move, we send adequate oxygen and nutrition around our body, we mobilise our joints and use our muscles. There is also evidence that movement improves brain function. That means we can strengthening learning, improving memory and enhance learner motivation by adopting a more active lifestyle!
Movement also activates the protein that breaks down fat, therefore preventing the risk of obesity and development of type 2 diabetes.
Many people’s lifestyles today involve driving or using public transport to work then proceeded by a day of sitting at a desk for 8 hours. After work hours, most people tend to relax with sedentary activities and continue sitting for another few hours. This leaves very little time to experience the benefits of movement on our bodies.
Here are a few tips you can try to increase your daily physical activity
-Set a timer every hour during your work day. When it goes off, get up and go for a walk.
-Download the Straighten up app which includes posture reminders and a 3-minute exercise program.
-When you can, make the decision to move! Walk or ride all the way, or part of the way to work. Take the stairs instead of the escalator.
Your body will thank you later!
In the ideal world, we would love everybody spending their workdays up and about on their feet. However, we know this is not always possible. Adopting correct work ergonomics can make a positive difference to your wellbeing. Check out this resource which can help you set up an ideal work station according to your height.
Check out this video by TedEd which further explores the effects of sitting-
Here is a video about the Straighten up Australia app-