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It's the small things: Sitting Less

The science

Sitting for long periods of time has been linked to many different health issues, including heart problems, high blood pressure and obesity, as well as having negative impacts on mental health. Although this link hasn’t been scientifically proven to be the cause of said issues, getting active throughout your day can do wonders for your motivation, if nothing else.

How to make it a routine

If you work in an office, or spend large amounts of the day sat down, every now and again try to get up and stretch your legs. Walking to get a glass of water, to use the bathroom or just walking to speak to a colleague rather than sending an email are great ways to incorporate getting up more into your routine.

If you find you can’t fit in any changes throughout your usual day, try not to spend your evening sat down too. If you’re watching the television and an advert break comes on, take the opportunity to get up and stretch your legs, rather than being sat for long periods of time.

The outcome

Being more active can only benefit your health, so getting up and moving around every now and again is a great habit to get into. Getting up from your desk is a great way to break up your day, helping you to stay motivated.

 

Sources

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/news/20140407/sitting-disease-faq

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/news/20140407/sitting-disease-faq?page=2

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20534367_6,00.html

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