Do you know that what you may be doing right now is killing you? That is if you are sitting. We all know that we must move and exercise. It is important to our health. If we have the opportunity to build into our daily work exercise, it is better. Work and exercise were part of most people’s daily job, and still is in other parts of the undeveloped world. However, in other parts of the Western Hemisphere few people have exercise built into their daily lives. Many sit all day at work and home, including the young.
Is Sitting Killing Us?
Science tells us that sitting for too long is dangerous. That it is detrimental to our health. There is a belief that sitting is the new cigarette smoking.
That is a problem. It is a fact that people sit for over 9 hours and sleep around 8. Many are young people especially those in technology and office workers. That is 17 hours of none movement! That is about 71% of daily sedentary living! That makes our generation the most sedentary one. A sedentary lifestyle contributes to risks of breast and colon cancer, to heart disease, to diabetes, and of course to osteoporosis and depression. So this new sore butt syndrome has a remedy! And that is an industry term! We need to get off our rear end. Me included!
To do that we have many options: walking, parking a few blocks away, walking up the stairs instead of taking the elevator, joining a gym, dance, walk the dog, and if you do not have a dog, well, borrow one!
At work: suggest the walk-and-talk meeting, the standing meetings, exercise breaks and a standing desk. The standing meetings (instead of sitting) are very effective and time efficient since people do not like standing up, they will get to the point faster.
My form of exercise for today is Sun Salutation, Surya Namaskar in Sanskrit. This exercise is a pre-yoga to warm up before your yoga exercise. This exercise can be done anywhere. All you need is a little space about your height and 24-36 inches wide. See the two movies below.
The Sun Salutation (a 3-minute warmup exercise)
There are different variations of sun salutations. People, who practice yoga, usually start yoga with several rounds of sun salutations to warm up.
Note: before engaging in any exercise, consult your physician.
YOGA FOR BEGINNERS
Hatha Yoga: Surya Namaskar – Sun Salutation
I like to leave you with other things you can do at work to get moving at work or wherever. Suggest the walk-and-talk meeting, exercise breaks as they do in Japan and a request a standing desk. Regardless of what you do, ultimately it is your responsibility to get moving.