How Can I Get Healthier?
One of the easiest ways to increase your health, stay fit, live longer and control your weight is to sit less. It's true. People who sit for more than six hours a day are at a higher risk for heart attack and obesity and may live 15 years less than their non-sitting counterparts, one study suggests.
Sitting causes poor posture, limits circulation and increases likelihood of injury. By sitting less, you can dramatically improve your health in both the short and long term.
How Can I Sit Less?
It may seem unrealistic to limit your sitting, but it can be done. The biggest challenge is the workplace. Here are some tips to reduce or even eliminate sitting:
- Purchase or improvise a standing desk. More and more employers recognize the value of standing vs. sitting, and are willing to spring for a standing desk. It doesn't hurt to ask. At home, you can improvise a standing desk using a table with boxes or other items to add height.
- Take standing breaks. This can be done at work or at home. If you are going to be sitting for hours, set a timer to remind yourself to get up and stretch or walk for a couple minutes. Ideally, take a break every 30 minutes.
- Stand up and watch television. Okay, maybe you won't want to do this all the time, but if you have already been sitting at work, sitting at home on the couch is adding to the problem. Get up during commercial breaks and stretch or stand.
In addition to limiting your sitting, a good exercise program can help you stay healthy and look great. If you are looking for a new workout program or new ways to incorporate health and fitness into your life, consider a personal trainer. Ralph Roberts is a personal trainer with years of experience helping people get in the best shape of their lives.
He can develop a custom workout and nutrition plan just for you, based on your goals, lifestyle and current level of fitness. Not only that, but he can provide encouragement, feedback and motivation to help you get where you want to be, faster.