Fitness for the Desk-Bound

by Bob Hughes on July 29, 2016

Bob Hughes · Small Actions · July 29, 2016

Pendulum in Action, small actions, physical activityGet up and move around.

It’s that simple. But not so simple if you’re tied, figuratively speaking, to a desk. But you need to exercise, especially if you sit all day, your face before a computer screen, your head hunched over a phone. All work and no exercise make for a very short life.

The World Health Organization recommends that everyone get at least 150 minutes of exercise a week – a little over two-and-a-half hours. But if you sit all day, you need much more. The body needs to move, the circulation in your limbs is better if you’re active.

According to an article in the Guardian, a recent report says that “the increased risk of death associated with sitting for eight hours a day was eliminated for people who did a minimum of one hour of physical activity a day.”

This doesn’t mean you should spend that time lifting weights, or spend that hour at the gym. As long as you do some sort of exercise, such as brisk walking several times a day – adding up to an hour of exercise – you will be in much better shape.

Where people get discouraged is in thinking they need a fitness regimen. But if you build into your office routine a few minutes of activity – getting up every few minutes even to walk around the desk – you will be better off for it. And if you plop yourself on the couch and watch television or look at something on a mobile device, make sure to get up and about every so often. Prolonged sedentary activity of any sort doesn’t relax you but weakens you.

So take the small action of working some movement into your day. Your body will thank you.

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