More On Sedentary Lifestyle Effects

Effects of sedentary lifestyle include obesity

In decades past, hav­ing a “desk job” was a good thing.  It meant that you had moved up the employ­ment food chain and grad­u­at­ed from the fac­to­ry floor (or from farm labor) to enjoy the ben­e­fits of a more seden­tary lifestyle.

It turns out that hav­ing a seden­tary job is a mixed bless­ing.

Amer­i­cans are get­ting fat­ter than ever, and new research tar­gets the rise of a seden­tary work­force as one con­trib­u­tor to the epi­dem­ic.  Here’s how the New York Times cov­ered the sto­ry.

Here are some cop­ing strate­gies to off­set the neg­a­tive effects of sit­ting down for a liv­ing:

  • Stand at your desk or com­put­er, at least for part of the day.  You can prop your com­put­er screen and key­board up.
  • Sit on a chair that requires that you engage your pos­tur­al sup­port mus­cles.  Here’s an exam­ple.
  • Walk around the block at lunch time.
  • Take the stairs, not the esca­la­tor.
  • Get a head­set; when you have to make a phone call, get up and walk around the office while you’re talk­ing.
  • Watch­ing your kids’ soc­cer game on Sun­day?  Walk around the perime­ter of the field.

Basi­cal­ly, just get mov­ing and keep mov­ing.


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