Time to Stand Up!

The facts: The average office worker sits for about 10 hours on a workday.There are hours sitting in front of the computer, plowing through e-mails, making calls or writing proposals — and eating lunch. And then hours sitting in front of the TV or surfing the Web at home.

Humans are meant to move! But, our advances in technology (cars, TVs, computers, etc.) are chipping away at our need for physical activity. As technology does more of the heavy lifting, people are becoming increasingly sedentary. The impacts our sedentary lifestyles, often referred to as "sitting disease," may be one of the most unanticipated health threats of our modern time.

You may want to stand up while you read this…

Medical researchers have long warned that prolonged sitting is dangerous. It is associated with a significantly higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and depression, as well as muscle and joint problems. Some have gone so far as to say that your office chair is worse for your health than smoking. Even working out vigorously before or after work may not compensate for extended sitting.

Experts now say you should start standing up at work for at least two hours a day -- and work your way toward four. Researchers suggest breaking up the time you spend sitting by standing for 2 minutes after every 20 minutes of sitting.

Recommendation: Less overall sitting time, standing for parts of the day, and moving on a regular basis.

Many classes are held at the Tahoe Forest Center for Health that may fit into your schedule.

Making daily activity a priority helps regenerate neurons and brain function to actually increase your productivity! Stand up and move more!

Tips to Sit Less and Move More
1. Set a pop up notification on your computer, watch, or any timer to change posture every 20 minutes.
2. Take your calls standing, walking around, or pacing.
3. Hold standing meetings or walking meetings.
4. Walk over to a colleague’s desk instead of sending an e-mail.
5. Use the stairs instead of the elevator.
6. Take an active lunch break. If you are eating at your desk, take a lap around the building to get the blood flowing and the mind refreshed!