Let’s face it, many of us are desk bound, life’s realities mean that’s a hard to change fact but given sitting is so bad for our health it has been described as “worse than smoking” what can we do to minimise the effects?
Luckily there is a simple solution, studies suggest that getting up and moving regularly throughout the day can counteract the negative effects of sitting all day. With that in mind here are a few simple tips to increase your movement and a really nice 6 step stretch plan courtesy of Max Lowery.
- Set a reminder on your phone or computer for every hour and spend 5 minutes moving and stretching whenever the alert goes off.
- Stand up on your commute. You may not have a choice anyway but this is a simple way to activate all the muscles that have been inactive all day.
- Take the stairs, not the escalator or lift. When it comes to physical activity on a day to day basis, always try and challenge yourself. Don’t take the easy option.
- Take your trainers into work and get off 1 or 2 stops early and walk/run the rest of the way home. This is a simple, but effective way to increase activity without having to make time to go to the gym.
Making tiny lifestyle changes like the above add up to something bigger, couple that with the 6 stretches below and you can begin to balance out the restrictive sitting position. Try and do them three times per day, make it habit, as soon as you wake up, during your lunch break and right before bed.
The remaining movements and stretches comprise hamstrings, shoulders, lats and pushups, for videos of these check out the original post here.