Many office workers can spend more than 75% of their working hours just sitting. Then their evenings may consist of watching TV, reading, or some other sedentary activity. Recent research findings suggest that this sedentary behavior is a risk factor for several types of cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Even if they workout at a gym 3-4 times a week this doesn’t undo the damage done by being sedentary the remainder of the time.
The American Institute of Cancer Research recommends getting up at least every 60 minutes for 1 to 2 minutes of some type of activity. This could be just walking around, stretching, walking to a coworker’s office/cubicle instead of emailing, doing pushups, sit-ups, using light hand weights to do curls while checking emails, walking around while talking on the phone or having standup/walk-around meetings. Get the boss to install a punching bag. Having one available would not only provide some activity, but maybe some much-needed stress relief as well! When at home get up often for a glass of water, check on the laundry, make lunch for the next day, or any other excuse you can think of to rise above that cushy couch.
The bottom line: Live an active lifestyle. Don’t let your activity level drop to nothing just because you’re not in a gym. Get off that duff at least every hour!
Source: American Institute for Cancer Research, Annual Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Physical Activity.