You’ve heard it before, and you’ll hear it again – sitting down for long periods is bad for your health. Very bad, many say. And in short, well, it is. Long periods of sitting impact your body’s metabolism, increasing levels of unhealthier fats while causing good cholesterol to dip.
But there are ways you can combat the negative effects of sitting down, even if, like most of us, you spend half your day at a desk. According to a study by the World Health Organisation in 2020, you need at least 40 minutes of daily vigorous exercise to offset the damage of sitting all day. Any increase in physical activity is beneficial – so let’s stand up, take notice and get going, shall we?
How it helps: If you’re stiff from sitting, this exercise will soon show you the current state of your body, improving your stability and mobility. Aim for a few minutes at first, then gradually spend longer in this position as you progress.
How it helps: Standing a little taller can do a world of good to a posture that’s used to being slumped over a desk. This exercise will stretch out your whole upper body, so you feel taller and looser.
How it helps: Focusing on your glutes, hips, and abdominals, this exercise is a brilliant all-around toner to offset sitting all day. Plus, it’s great fun too – we promise.
How it helps: This one is way more explosive than the previous exercises, but it’s a fantastic way to build power, posture, and balance while decreasing risks associated with sitting all day. We know you love a challenge – go for it!
We’re supposed to move! Find out how to reduce the risks associated with sedentary lifestyles, with more day-to-day habits you can implement to offset sitting all day here.