Is sitting bad for your health?
Simple desk exercises to stay healthy!
There seems to be an increasing amount of research that suggests that prolonged sitting is not only bad for our posture but can also affect our overall health. In a recent article published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, an international group of experts examined the current evidence on the effects of sitting at desks for long periods. They found that prolonged sitting may increase the risk of cardio-vascular disease as well as conditions such as diabetes.
They recommended that where possible desk workers should initially aim to stand whilst working for 2 hours a day eventually increasing this to 4 hours a day. For most people this is not going to be practical unless you are lucky enough to have an adjustable sit/stand desk at your work station. So what else can you do to help stay healthy while at work?
Well firstly, as we talked about in our March blog on sitting you should aim to take regular breaks from sitting at your desk. Just standing up once every 30 mins is a good start. If you can get away from your desk for a minute or two – even better. But there are also some simple exercises and stretches that you can do while sitting at your desk. They will help to keep the muscles in your back, hips and legs moving which will in turn help to keep you healthy.
Our Osteopathic colleague Edward Paget has produced a great short video on simple desk based exercises. It is only a few minutes long but demonstrates some easy to follow exercises to keep you moving at your desk. Once you get the hang of them try and build them into your daily routine. Before you know it you will be doing them without thinking about it.
To view the video click here
To view the British Journal of Sports Medicine Article Click here