Did you know that at least a quarter of all Australians spend a minimum of 8 hours a day sitting down? That time includes sitting at a desk at work, driving in the car, watching TV and on the computer. Combine this with the fact that only 38% of Australians get the recommended 150 minutes of exercise each week means that we need to move more!
So why not take a stand from sitting down and get your health back on track?
Sitting for an extended period of time can increase your risk of the following:
- Heart disease
- Developing Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Weight Gain
- Leads to poor posture
- Back pain
- Weaken muscles and
- Reduces muscle tone
All of the above can be reduced by taking regular breaks from sitting. To reap the health benefits of reduced back, neck shoulder pain and even put yourself in a better mood, you need to get up and move for 3 - 5 minutes every hour. This can be achieved by just some of the simple ideas below.
- Walk around the office
- Getting a coffee or tea from the coffee shop near your home or office
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator
- Be an active family not a sedentary one by going to the park instead of the movies
These small changes can have a positive change in your health and well-being, so take that break today!