Stand Up… STAND UP!

Ok – Stand up.  I’m serious!  Wherever you are reading this right now, stand up.  Do it!!

Did you know that excessive sitting could kill you?  The biggest contributor to obesity is sedentary lifestyle – too much sitting at work, too much sitting at home.  Some have gone so far as to say that sitting is the new smoking.

You may not realize it, but if you work at an office job or you play couch potato at nite, you are doing serious damage to your health.  Sitting for long periods of time cause muscles to stop contracting and metabolism to slow.  The impact is increased cholesterol, blood sugar, fat gain and risk for Type 2 Diabetes.  Translation – your butt will actually grow if you sit on it too much.

Even if you’re an avid exerciser and hit the workouts several times per week, sitting too much can void everything you did in your sessions.  An hour at the gym is just a waste if you go to your job and sit on your rear end for 8 hours.  No matter how hard you worked, being sedentary for long periods will counteract any progress you may have made toward your health and fitness level.  Ouch.  It hurts to hear it, but it’s true.

Always be thinking about how you can work more activity into your day.  Create opportunities to STAND UP and MOVE!  Here are some good suggestions you can implement right now to break up your “sitting time.”

  • When the phone rings, stand up to talk.
  • Stand to eat your lunch.
  • When you’re reading my posts, stand up – always!
  • Walk over to a neighbor’s house or colleague’s desk instead of texting.
  • Organize a lunchtime walk group with friends or coworkers.
  • Park farther from building entrances.
  • Walk to the furthest restroom instead of the closest one, better yet – visit a restroom a few flights upstairs.
  • Call a stand-up meeting at work – no chairs, everyone stands.  (I bet it will be over faster than usual!)

Bottom line:  Look for opportunities in your day to stand up.  To move.  Break up the sedentary periods with brief walks or stretching.  Don’t be fooled into thinking your workouts are good enough that you don’t have to move much the rest of the day.  Good health is not just about working OUT, it’s about working IN – working movement INTO your day.

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