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HOW TO MAKE SURE YOU SIT LESS AND MOVE MORE.

In addition to thinking about how to move more throughout the day, it’s also important to work on sitting less. Reducing sitting time can have positive health benefits on its own.

THERE’S A LOT OF SITTING THESE DAYS!

Researchers haven’t yet been able to pinpoint exactly how much sitting is too much sitting, but they have learned that people who spend a lot of time sitting may be at a higher risk for certain diseases or conditions. Don’t miss out on fun, energizing and social opportunities with your friends, family, and colleagues. Remember that some sedentary behaviour, such as reading a book, socializing with friends in a local park, or curling up in front of a fire can be part of a balanced lifestyle.

HOW CAN I SIT LESS?

Are you thinking it may be a good idea to try sitting a bit less? By reducing how much you sit, you’re using your body to do more of what it was designed to do– move!

There are little changes you can make during your day to sit less.

  • If you’re physically capable of standing, try to stand at least 1 to 2 times per hour.
  • When watching TV, stand-up and walk around during commercial breaks. If you’re watching TV with others, make it a group activity and stand up together during commercial breaks.
  • Instead of driving to work or to do errands, consider walking, riding your bike, or using another form of active transportation.
  • If you’re a gamer, try video games that get you standing and moving – including location-based apps.
  • At work, try a walking meeting instead of a seated meeting. Perhaps use cocktail tables and have a standing meeting. A different environment may lead to fresh thinking.
  • If you are normally seated during your work day, look into options for a sit-stand desk.
  • Walk your pet or have your pet walk you!
  • Set time limits for television, computer, phone, and tablet use – and make it a family challenge.
  • Set up reminders for you to stand-up.

IF I DO PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, DO I NEED TO WORRY ABOUT HOW MUCH I SIT?

Yes! Being sedentary, including long periods of time sitting or lying down while awake, is a unique activity that can impact your health, aside from the positive benefits of physical activity. Common sense might suggest that the benefits of physical activity would undo the risks of too much sitting, but this is not the case. What does that mean? It means that trying to sit less is important – just like moving move is.

Lower the risks of sedentary behaviour by reducing your sitting. Enjoy the benefits of physical activity by becoming more active. Both behaviours need your attention, so try to sit less and move more.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU SIT TOO MUCH?

Researchers haven’t yet been able to pinpoint exactly how much sitting is too much sitting, but they have learned that people who spend a lot of time sitting may be at a higher risk for certain diseases or conditions. Don’t miss out on fun, energizing and social opportunities with your friends, family, and colleagues. Remember that some sedentary behaviour, such as reading a book, socializing with friends in a local park, or curling up in front of a fire can be part of a balanced lifestyle.