Breaking up regular sitting time is important. Even small breaks from prolonged sitting are good for health.
Sit Less September aims to raise awareness about the dangers of prolonged sitting and the importance of taking regular standing breaks.
There are a great number of attainable benefits to our health, our minds and our bodies, if we simply choose to stand up, sit less and move more.
Our bodies are designed to move! That’s exactly what humans did for thousands of years. However rapid technological advances in the mid-20th century began chipping away at physical activity and people became increasingly sedentary.
We are spending more time sitting in the office, at school or home, as well as driving, eating or watching TV. The impacts of our sedentary lifestyles - often referred to as "sitting disease" - may be one of the most unanticipated health threats of our modern time.
The good news is that we can make big strides to lead healthier lives by making simple lifestyle changes. Mounting medical research proves that if we choose to stand up, sit less and move more, we can experience a great number of attainable benefits to our health, our minds and our bodies.
Here's what we know... Standing more can:
- lower your risk of serious health issues ranging from cancer to early mortality;
- increase your energy and productivity levels, lower your stress and improve your mood; and
- boost your metabolism, tone muscles and even reduce common aches and pains.
An anthropologist from Duke University in North Carolina Dr Herman Pontzer recommends that people should practise kneeling and squatting - instead of sitting.
Dr Pontzer spoke with Radio NZ in July 2020 about the indigenous Hadza people and the benefits of 'active resting'.
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Take some time to think about how you can move more and reduce your time sitting. A good first goal is to alternate between sitting and standing every 20 to 30 minutes. You could set a timer on your computer or watch.
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!