Health issues for those with sedentary roles


 

Most people working in offices or working as drivers, can sit all day without doing much movement or exercise.

 

Sitting all day can cause major back problems and lead to posture issues not to mention pain. Sitting has become the new smoking as far as resultant health issues are concerned but some of us have little choice but to sit down for most of the day.

 

We are all aware of the importance of getting up and moving regularly but in reality, work gets in the way and we don’t have time to do what we know we should.

 

However, for those of us at desks or when the vehicle is stationary there is a new technique created by Dell – Maree Day who is a biochemics and posture expert.

 

Her advice is as follows.

 

·       Move half forward on the seat so that your feet are flat on the floor directly under your knees and your back is not touching the back of the chair.

 

·       Look straight ahead and sit up tall with relaxed arms to restore the natural curve of your spine. In this position you should find your eyes level with the top third of your computers monitor if you have it in the correct position (which many of us don’t!).

 

·       Practice the invisible breathing technique. Breathing in deeply and as you breathe out think ‘sternum through towards your spine’. As you think this thought you will feel your deep abdominal muscles doing their job, flattening and narrowing your waist. Repeat these 5 to 6 times every hour. “Within days you will feel your abs strengthening and your posture will already have improved” says Day

 

These postures will activate every one of your muscles so you will breath, sit, stand, move and exercise better transforming your posture and body shape day says.

 

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Source – The Invisible Exercise by Dell-Maree Day

Activity and state of mind


By now you already understand that exercise makes you stronger, keeps your weight in check, and keeps you looking and feeling youthful. But did you know that exercise can actually make you happier and more cheerful?

When you work out in the gym, go running or do some aerobic exercise, it’s not by coincidence that you feel less anxious, less stressed and generally happier.

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have revealed that when people get up and move, even just a little, they become happier compared to their counterparts with sedentary lifestyles.

Generally, exercise boosts your happiness chemicals, energizes you, boosts your confidence, eases anxiety and fights insomnia. So, how do you incorporate more movement and you sedentary or otherwise less active lifestyle?

Here are some quick tips to incorporate movement into your sedentary lifestyle.

Don’t park your car too close to your destination

We instinctively try to find parking space as close to our destination as possible. This, however, denies us a chance to incorporate movement into our daily activities.

To take advantage of this opportunity, try developing a habit of parking your car a block or two away from your destination, or at the very least park at a slot furthest from the door.

Take The Stairs

Seize every opportunity to take stairs as opposed to a lift / elevator, especially if your destination is only one or two flights up. If your destination is a little further than 3rd floor, then you can use both the stairs and an elevator. You can walk up two or three flights then ride an elevator for the rest of the way.

You can increase the number of flights as you become stronger and more active. 

Walk or Bike to Work

This mode of transport may not be possible for everyone, but if there is any chance you can make it happen, then you will find it much easier transforming from a sedentary lifestyle to a more active and happier one.

You can support this initiative with ergonomic products such as quality walking shoes, or a good quality bike for maximum comfort and safety.

Choose Active Vacations

As you incorporate more movement into your daily activities at home and work, your desire to go an extra mile will increase.

You will start looking forward to holidays and vacations as an opportunity to further live an active lifestyle. So instead of retreating to a spa or a beach, you can choose more active adventures such as hiking, biking, camping, skiing and so on.

If you are touring a new city, choose to walk around and explore instead of driving. If you are staying at a resort, you can take advantage of their fitness centre and their pool to kick out the sedentary culture and stay happier and cheerful.

Remember, Mayfair cares