I’m going to start this post with an overshare – I have a very temperamental bowel. It almost seems to have a mind of its’ own and usually it’s very cranky. Not a great way to live I have to tell you. I’ve been searching for a solution to soothe the crankiness for many years and so far? Not a lot of success. This weekend I realized I was sitting on the solution the whole time.
Now not everybody is at the mercy of a cranky bowel. Some people go through their day and everything runs like clockwork. For others, not so much. But have you ever considered that sitting, not what’s sitting in front of you during your meals, might be the issue? I didn’t until I started researching the benefits and detriments of standing vs. sitting while you work.
Here’s some scary stats that should make you stand up and take notice:
- The harmful effects of sitting after meals could help explain why excessive sedentary time is linked to a whopping 112% greater risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Prolonged sedentary time is thought to increase the risk of heart disease by up to 147%.
- Use of a sit-stand desk reduced upper back and neck pain by 54% after just 4 weeks.
- A review of 18 studies found those who sit the most are at a 49% greater risk of dying early than those who sit the least.
- When compared to an afternoon of sedentary work, an equal amount of time spent standing has been shown to burn over 170 additional calories which can equal to over 1000 extra calories burned per week.
A great article from Canadian Business gives some easy tips on how you can get up more:
Here are a few other ways that you can get up and moving more at work.
- Walk while taking business calls (that’s something CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta told me he does on a regular basis).
- Spend at least half of your lunch break walking.
- Skip the elevator and take the stairs (if you’re groaning about doing this in heels, keep a pair of running shoes at your desk)
- Tell others in your office how deadly “sitting disease” can be: some offices are encouraging employees to take short stretch breaks throughout the day (not only does it make you less sedentary, it also makes you at less risk for repetitive strain injuries)
- Pick a parking spot further away from your office.
- Talk to your employee wellness group about subsidizing in-office exercise programs.
Are you ready to get moving? Here’s some more inspiration:
Want to hear more about how to make your poop happy? Have a listen: