Mar 29 2014
Improving Posture By Staying Off Your BacksideAdd Your Comments - by Robert Lasater - Fitness
As far as health, wellness, and exercise goes, standing is the new sitting. There are numerous studies done about the benefits of changing a sedentary lifestyle. Sitting in a chair or on a couch for long periods of time can cause long term damage to the spine, neck, and hips.
When finding ways to eliminate sitting from your daily routine, the first place to start is during the work day. If you spend numerous hours sitting at a desk, there are ways to break up the sedentary work day and save your spine. The first, and simplest option is to trade the standard desk in for a standing desk by Rebel Desk.
When choosing this method, it forces the user to remain upright for most of the day, taking pressure off the hips and lower back. The user of this tall desk can use an appropriate height stool to rest for short portions of the day. Purchasing an anti-fatigue mat can alleviate the pressure on the feet as well.
During the off hours, especially after a long work day, most people prefer to sit on a couch and have their respite. Many people will choose to relax after a work day, especially if they have a physically demanding job. Instead of sitting on a couch, try finding a used treadmill to park in front of your prime time shows. Even setting it at under 5mph for the 1-2 hours that are usually spent sitting will not break a sweat, but keep your muscles moving.
During your leisure time, try scheduling activities that are fun, yet don't involve sitting. Some options are bowling, walking the dog, taking the kids to the park, or even shopping. If video games are a must for your leisure time, then trade in the sedentary game console for a Wii or Kinect device. Playing virtual sports is fun, and burns calories too!
If you make choices that are healthy, but fun, you are more likely to want to do them instead of opting for spending the work day or leisure time on your tush.
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