Have a look at this link to the BBC. But I think we all sort of knew that too much sitting is not good for you. But what is really shocking is actually how much many of us really do sit for most of our days. This for some people could be sitting for breakfast, sitting on the train into work, then sitting for most of the day at work, train home and sit for supper and then siting in front of the TV before flopping into bed. Wow!
What is important here is that we need to embrace more activity and make the time for it.
This could mean getting up much more at work, standing while on the telephone, walking up stairs instead of taking the lift, encouraging meetings to be had standing (for meetings, Steve Jobs often said we can talk while we are walking…) and taking a walk at lunch. Even getting off the train or bus a stop early to walk the rest of the way is an excellent way to encourage movement.
Moving more also helps with many day to day niggles such as lower back pain and aching shoulders too!
We are not built to sit for extended periods. Walking and moving is a basic primal ability and at Back to Back we often use strategies that include these as part of early rehabilitation for many injuries or post surgery.
So do take a look at your lifestyle and make some changes! It will help you in the short term and the longer term. Encourage others to the same too!!