How much do you stand up in a day?
Or, better question: how much of your day is spent sitting down?
It’s something I hadn’t thought much about until it was unavoidable.
In the last few years, while I’ve done a lot of running around the country, it’s been largely without standing or exercising much. When my body started to ache in weird ways, including tendonitis and a sore back that manifested out of the blue, I got deeply concerned. I logged into my iPhone Health app and noticed the number of steps I walked in a day was abysmal. Frightening, actually. My body was getting sick from not walking.
Standing may be the #1 most positive health switch you can make.
It’s a night and day difference. My stuck body sorted itself out with some standing up alone. My life got instantly lighter.
Whatever you’re doing, you’re likely to stand up and do it now, especially after this!
Here are some reasons why physically “standing ¨ up for yourself can prolong your life. Sitting for prolonged periods of time is associated with:
- Bad circulation
- Heart disease
- Premature Death
The LA Times reported: “A study published in the journal Diabetologia in November 2012 analyzed the results of 18 studies with a total of nearly 800,000 participants. When comparing people who spent the most time sitting with those who spent the least time, researchers found increases in the risks of diabetes (112%), cardiovascular events (147%), death from cardiovascular causes (90%) and death from all causes (49%).”
- Organ damage
- Bad back
- Muscle degeneration
- Colon cancer
We can’t all just stand at our computer when we work, nor can we deny the impact that social media and the Internet has had on making us quite mentally and physically lazy and, according to science, more likely to place our bodies in jeopardy.
- If you are going to talk on your phone, stand while you are doing this. More likely than not you’ll increase your metabolism.
- While at work, try standing for a while and writing on your computer. Lots of progressive offices have standing desks now, or they will allow you to request a standing desk with a stool to make this more comfortable.
- Always take the stairs, as often as possible.
- Take breaks from your computer and walk around the office while at work
- Try wearing a fitness tracker (like Spire) that reminds you to stand up periodically through the day while it tracks your fitness as well.
- Instead of e-mailing a co-worker, walk over and talk to them.
- My fur baby Bob and I are blazing new trails in my neighborhood now…! Adopt a dog and you’ll have a whole new “standing” lifestyle.
Stand up and take a walk. This is a personal revolution.
Just standing up is a revolution on it’s own.
Of all the simple things you can do to change your life and make your energy extra-radiant, this is a huge one!
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