Many of us are spending a lot of time at home during COVID-19 Alert Levels – SITTING! Chair time is a big part of our daily routines - whether it’s time spent working, doing school work, eating, relaxing or watching TV.
We know from research that sitting is an important part of the wider problem of physical inactivity – and that it’s not good for us. We also know that we're sitting down more than we ever - roughly 9.3 hours a day on average!
The good news is that it’s not difficult to combat the health risks associated with prolonged sitting. Experts recommend that we stand up and move around every 30 minutes. Breaking up regular sitting time is important. Even small breaks from prolonged sitting are good for health.
You could try some of the following to help you sit less:
- Set an alarm on your phone to ring at 30-minute intervals;
- Use a Fitbit® or other wearable device that tracks activities and reminds you to move;
- Post a sticky note on your computer screen that you can’t miss; or
- Use an app such as SitStandCOACH or Rise & Recharge that messages you to stand or to sit at set intervals.
Another good strategy is to stay hydrated as this will result in regular trips to the bathroom! Try different things until you find an approach that works for you. Remember that it all adds up!
He pai ake te iti i te kore!
You could also check out the following links for ideas and resources:
- Easy ways to move more [PDF].
- Movement ideas for the Ministry of Health.
- Research, facts and tools from Just Stand.
- Sit Less Move More Resources for Office Workplaces (Health Promotion Agency).
- Three ways to move more while working from home (The Conversation).
There will be regular updates on the Active Canterbury Facebook page as part of promoting Sit Less September. Follow for more tips on how to successfully break up with your chair!
Mauri tū mauri ora – an active soul is a healthy soul.