I’m going to write a collection of horror stories called “Sitting Is Killing Us and Other Office Folklore”. Everybody seems to have this weird obsession about how sitting down for too long is cutting years off of our lives. Whether you buy it or not, let’s demystify this terminal diagnosis – sitting might not be killing us, but it’s not doing wonders for our posture.
According to The Guardian, however, sitting is killing us in the way it is shortening our lives (they’re pretty much the same thing but let’s rebrand the doomsday clock!).
Experts found that the risk of dying during a follow-up period of two to 18 years was nearly 10% for those that sat down for their full-time jobs compared to a moderate 6.8% for those who sat for less than four.
However, there is something you can do about this weird death sentence – it begins with ‘e’ and rhymes with bexercise….
That’s right! The World Health Organisation (WHO to its friends) recommend 150 minutes of exercise a week but other research says that we need upwards of an hour of physical activity a day!
Luckily it doesn’t have to be an hour of intense cross-training every day, one professor from the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences said: “You don’t need to do sport, you don’t need to go to the gym. It’s OK doing some brisk walking, maybe in the morning, during lunchtime, after dinner in the evening. You can split it up over the day”.
When the pressure is on at work it’s difficult to unstick yourself from the desk and keyboard but for the sake of your health you should – don’t forget that you’re legally entitled to one 20 minute break across the day as well as your lunch hour!
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Like most first-world-problems, this one can be solved with a little tinkering of your work-life balance. Find the routine that works for you and you’ll (maybe) live forever!