Thursday, January 31, 2013

Get Moving!

It should come as no surprise that sitting around and not moving all day isn't really good for your body, but many may not be aware of just how many problems can be caused by a sedentary lifestyle.

Most of us have been led to believe that a workout after work is enough to make up for sitting still all day.  Think again. New studies have shown that exercise once a day, even for an hour, isn't enough to make up for sitting all day at work.  

Whether by choice or as a requirement of your job, you should consider the impact that prolonged sitting has on your health and expenditures related to healthcare. Our bodies aren't really designed to sit all day long.  Here are 7 risks to keep in mind:

1.      Deep Vein Thrombosis. If you don't get up and walk around occasionally, you could be putting yourself at risk of potentially deadly blood clots in your legs.
2.      Obesity. can slow your metabolism and change how your body functions, further contributing to weight gain.
3.      Risk of Diabetes. Sitting all day actually causes your body to slow down considerably and can result in increased blood sugar (since your body doesn't need the sugar for energy it simply stays in your system), insulin resistance and a much less healthy you.
4.      Herniated Disk.. Sitting puts a lot of pressure on your hips and spine, and can lead to some injuries in those areas over an extended period of time.
5.      Poor Posture. Weakened muscles and tight joints
6.      Knee Pain. Sitting in this position puts pressure on the kneecap and can lead to pain and swelling
7.      Increased Risk of Depression. Reduced movement means less blood flow. Less blood flow means fewer feel-good hormones are moving through your body, putting you at higher risk of depression.

This message is not all doom and gloom of course. You can do something about this starting with the obvious.  Get up and move and do this often throughout the day.  As a school district we should also be conscious of how often our students are sitting during the day.  They too need to move frequently.

Get up, get exercising and start reducing the effects of being sedentary before it is too late.

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