Better health might seem hard to come by. With our sedentary lifestyles, poor health habits have an impact on our waistlines, brain, heart and posture. In a 2018 study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, researchers at Liverpool John Moores University in England claim sitting for too long reduces blood flow to the brain. Sitting has been identified as so damaging to our health that experts now say “Sitting is the new smoking.”
Now, here’s the shortcut to better health that you’ve been waiting for!
This simple finding highlights the importance of incorporating regular breaks into our routine to keep our blood flowing around our bodies. Unfortunately no amount of money spent on a super-sonic ergonomic office chair will reverse the impact of prolonged sitting, nor will numerous hours in the gym. (Read more here)
“Regardless of how much physical activity someone gets, prolonged sedentary time could negatively impact the health of your heart and blood vessels.” (Young et al, 2016)
This should serve as a wakeup call to anyone who works at a desk all day. Get your colleagues up and moving to bring about a productive and healthy boost to the team.
Simply setting an alarm on your phone or computer or use a fitness app or fitness watch as a reminder to get up and moving regularly. This can make you happier and more productive during the day, as well as impacting positively on our overall health.
Benefits of regular movement
In addition to increasing productivity and decreasing the risk of postural aches and pains, the evidence shows that moving more may help to ward off the onset of brain disease such as Alzheimer’s disease. While these conditions remain too complex to point to any one remedy, it makes sense to do as much as possible to maintain our health.
Building heathy habits now can make for a happier and more satisfying life well into our later years.
Improve your productivity and protect your body and brain health. Step away from your desk and get moving!
*A person living a sedentary lifestyle is often sitting or lying down while engaged in an activity like reading, socializing, watching television, playing video games, or using a mobile phone/computer for much of the day.