Is Sitting the New Smoking?

healthy lifestyle Feb 23, 2018

“Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.” Explains Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic, Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative.

After years of studying the adverse effects of our sedentary lifestyles for years, researchers have found that there’s an increased risk of developing types of cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes if we continue to sit for prolonged periods of time.

The good news is that simply through exercise and good habits, we can reverse the risk and live a longer, healthier life.

Hundred Acre’s founder and director, Bridget Gilmour, has been out of the office recently and comments: “I can’t help but notice a lack of aches and pains since spending time away from my desk. Inspired by World Yoga Day yesterday (Thursday 22nd February) and RSI Day this coming Wednesday (28th February), I thought it might be an interesting topic for our blog.

“How much do we think about what we do and the impact it has on our bodies? While we can’t always take time away from our desks, what we can do is the best we can to look after ourselves. Our body is the only one we have and if we don’t look after it life can be pretty difficult and painful.”

As many of us spend lots of time working at desks, it’s important to think about how you sit and where everything is placed around you at your desk. It’s also incredibly important to take regular breaks, even if all you’re doing is walking to the water cooler, kitchen or toilets.

As a health and safety consultancy, we can help you with workstation assessments and training. Simply contact us today and we’ll be in touch to discuss your requirements.

It’s also worth reducing the amount of time you spend on your phone and tablets each day. RSI doesn’t just come from typing, it comes from repetitive movements, poor posture, awkward positions and the length of time spent on activities that cause RSI. Musculoskeletal disorders affect us in many ways and as symptoms vary, medical advice should always be sought.

Being active and moving more is one of the most important things we can do for our bodies, minds and overall health. We often talk about how much we love being outside and how a long walk around the lakes near us benefits us enormously. Recently though, we’ve been trying yoga. Inspired by someone we know who creates videos of yoga to follow, we’ve been doing a few simple moves first thing and found it to be the perfect thing to wake yourself up for the day.

We love the idea of Hannah Rose Cluley’s anti desk yoga, which is perfect for those of us who work sitting down all day. It’s also worth taking a look at her other videos, which include lunchtime de-stress, gratitude, morning and bedtime yoga, as well as yoga for back pain. With so many health benefits linked to yoga, it’s a great idea to add it to your daily routine.

If you’d like to find out more about Hundred Acre and the services we offer, call us today on +44 (0)1933 201102, or write to us via our contact page and we’ll be in touch shortly.

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