Someone mentioned "every 20 min, stand up for 2 minutes" ~ that sounds nice but that is 6 minutes an hour, 48 minutes a day I would just be randomly standing around. Not sure my boss would appreciate that one :-/ My desk is too low to stand and talk on the phone, type, etc. and they have no interest in providing desks you can raise up and stand at.
Honestly if it is such a big health risk, employers should be forced by law to make a "safer" work environment... but that will never happen.
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Fitness Minutes: (9,058) Posts: 244 12/12/12 11:26 A
this is something i really worry about, i have a desk job that I can't stand at, so i'm seated 8+ hours a day. i'm worried that even with running, eating right, and strength training, i'm still killing my muscles and other essential organs in my body by sitting.
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Fitness Minutes: (3,076) Posts: 56 12/1/12 11:03 P
Lots of articles about how even runners sit too much...
An hour a day doesn't somehow compensate for the rest of the day, still have to get up and move around, and stand up, etc... It's the root of many injuries for runners, really.. Wreaks havoc on the psoas!
Always good to vary--- stand more; walk more; just move!
Fitness Minutes: (194,099) Posts: 6,404 12/1/12 10:30 P
We absolutely sit too much. I read a book that discussed this among many other things. They suggest that if you sit for 8 hours at work that every 20 minutes you stand up for 2 minutes. I set up my email to send me a reminder every 20 minutes to do this.
It is frustrating having a desk job where you don't have the option for a standing desk ~ I am required to sit for 8 hours a day - minus around 15 minutes for potty breaks throughout the day but that is IT. I try to be active on my lunch break but we left our building with a gym so by the time I get down there, change, work out, change, get back - I only have about 20 min for a workout which is a major bummer when I used to have 40 minutes.
Staying active... but that doesn't cancel out 40 hours of sitting on my butt at work all day. And then what am I supposed to do all night... stand at home?
We definitely sit too much. Many people at my office have gone to standing desks, and I recently got a Balimo stool, but am considering getting a standing desk that I can adjust down when I am sitting on my stool.
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I can tell you there is a big difference. I was averaging 13,000 step/day for over a month. The last two weeks I've been at about 6,000 - I am so sore it is hard to get moving again. Once I get back up I'm not stopping again.
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Great link...I started striving to get 10,000 steps per day which is easy on my running days but VERY difficult on my non-run days...working at home and sitting at the computer makes it even more of a challenge, but I am a believer that sitting too much is the cause of many of our running woes---especially hip flexors.
Fitness Minutes: (194,099) Posts: 6,404 11/30/12 12:27 P
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