A worker that spends all day on their feet may think “I would love to have a desk job and get to sit all day.” As nice as that sounds, doctors are saying that sitting is a pervasive problem that harms your health. According to Mayo Clinic, researchers have linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns, including obesity and metabolic syndrome — a cluster of conditions that includes increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels. Approximately 80% of American’s work a non-active job, making sitting all-day common.
Just because you may have a desk job or sit for long periods in the day doesn’t mean your doomed to bad health. A few simple tips can help you sit less, move more and improve your health.
- Stand while talking on the phone
- Have a walking or standing meeting
- Stand up and stretch at least every hour
- Wear a pedometer and keep track of how many steps you are taking in a day
- Take the stairs when possible
- If possible, walk or bike to work
Many employers also offer wellness programs with their health insurance benefits that include walking programs and may even provide free or discounted pedometers. Need help reviewing your health insurance coverage? Contact us today, we can help!