The average office worker goes to work, coffee in hand, sits down and goes back to work. Some people, if not most, will continue to sit for the vast majority of their work day. This office lifestyle is slowly killing us.
One major factor in why it is killing us is the fact that we are literally sitting down so much. Statistics have shown that sitting down increases the risk of death up to 40-percent. As soon as you sit down your body will reduce the rate at which it burns calories, reduce electrical activity in the legs and reduce the process of breaking down fat. All of this can cause a person to gain weight or even develop cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes. In addition, sitting at a desk for long periods of time can be the cause of muscle and joint pain.
So why do office workers sit so much? One major culprit is the office chair. According to Wikipedia, the office chair is “strategically designed” to force a person to “remain sitting at their desks for long periods of time.”
Another major culprit is the computer. It requires us to remain in one spot to complete our work, regardless of whether you use a laptop, and also serves as a means of entertainment when you are on break.
If you want to survive a sedentary lifestyle, the answer is to try to move around more often. This may consist of standing up and stretching, doing “office exercises,” or even talking a short walk. By taking short frequent breaks throughout the day it could reduce the effects of sitting for long periods of time, not to mention giving you a short mental break to regroup on the tasks at hand. Also, if you have an active lifestyle at home, it will greatly reduce the harmful effects of sitting at work.
In addition to getting up and moving, consider an alternative to that comfortable office chair. A cheaper solution is an exercise ball. By maintaing a proper sitting position on a ball, it will not only strength up the core of your body but it may also motivate you to get up and move about the office. You could also explore using the kneeling chair. This chair allows you to half kneel instead of actually sitting, which promotes a more upright posture when you work. There are also desks that require no chairs, such as a standing desk (for cheaper ideas rather than buying a new desk), a treadmill desk or a FitDesk.
So, we all know that sitting at a desk all day may not fun, but it doesn’t have to kill us. Just remember to move around and get up out of that chair. Your body will thank you.