A study published by the Annals of Internal Medicine (Jan. 20, 2015) reported
that more than half of the average person’s waking hours are spent sitting and
it’s having a negative impact on our health. The researcher indicates that
sitting is the most underrated health hazard of the modern time and the health
consequences are wide ranging. Sedentary behaviors have been linked to heart
disease, type 2 diabetes and feelings of stress.
To minimize the negative impact of the sedentary behaviors, begin by making
Stand while talking on the phone or eating lunch
Give yourself reminders to sit less by using an app
At home, consider a TV commercial as your signal to get out of your
At work, use a smaller coffee cup or glass so your trips for refills will
be more frequent
Change social norms. At a meeting, you might explain, "I am going to
take a standing break."
The good news is that it does not take much to move around during the day.
You will notice that you will feel less fatigued at the end of the day and less
stressed. This change in lifestyle could start with a 1 minute standing break
every hour during the work day. Try to avoid sitting for more than 2 hours at
a time. Getting up and becoming more active will prompt you to want to stay
in motion. Standing and walking has positive benefits on productivity and
EASE is a program that promotes a healthy and productive workplace. To
speak with a counselor call 800-882-1341.