On average, Australian adults spend 39 hours sitting per week. Just think about how much time you spend sitting at a desk, in front of the TV, down for meals and in the car over the course of a day. Evidence suggests sitting for longer than 30 minutes at a time without a break can be detrimental to physical, mental and cognitive health. Prolonged sitting is associated with poorer health outcomes including increased risk of musculoskeletal disorders and other chronic conditions.
If isolation and working from home has you sitting down for prolonged periods, check out some of our top tips to help you stand up for your health and reduce time spent sitting.
- Break up long periods of sitting as often as possible – this may involve setting a timer on your phone, or watch to remind you to stand up, or getting up during ad breaks while watching TV.
- Walking catch ups – if you are long overdue for a catch up with a friend, family member or colleague, why not talk and walk!
- Invest in a stand-up desk – alternatively, stand up each time you answer a phone call or read a document. Walk over to a colleague to deliver a message instead of sending a text or email.
- Park your car further away from shops or your workplace – maximise the time you spend moving!
- Set yourself a goal – pedometers can be an easy and effective way to monitor your activity levels during the day. You can compete against yourself or others.
Book an appointment with one of the friendly Exercise Physiologists from Move Exercise Physiology to discuss individualised goals and ways to get you sitting less and moving more!
By Brooke Luethen