Take a stand for your health by not sitting down all day.

In the last few years, it’s come to light that sitting all day is not only bad for our health but destructive. It’s now known that at least 24 different chronic diseases and conditions are associated with excessive sitting. While a natural, healthy amount of sitting is about three hours a day, the average American office worker sits for up to 15 hours a day. While we can’t counteract the effects of sitting all day, we can do simple tasks that allow us to save our bodies from suffering all of the effects of sitting.

Combat sitting all day with these simple tips.

Stand Up

Quite simply, stand up more often to stop sitting down all day. If you’re lucky, your office may be one that already has adjustable workstations where you can stand or walk while working. If you don’t have a specially designed desk, don’t let that stop you. You can prop your computer on a stack of stable books so that you can stand up and complete your work.

Get Moving

If you can, use a treadmill desk that allows you to walk and work. If this is not an option, you can walk and stretch while you’re on the phone, walk to communicate with others in your office, and even conduct walking meetings.

Stretch Often

Stretching plays a significant role in keeping our bodies mobile. Every hour, do some stretching of the hips, back, and glutes. Long and deep stretches will help to prevent pain in your joints and muscles, as well as making you move throughout the day.

Stand on One Foot

People have found that standing on one foot for periods of about 15 minutes twice a day can give you the benefits of standing for long periods of time. This means that your muscles are conditioned, and they have the opportunity to warm up and stretch out. Use this as an absolute last resort if you’re unable to stand and work!

While you focus on bettering your health and posture, be sure to contact Tompkins Insurance Agencies for the help that you need to secure insurance policies.