Stand up for your health
Sitting for long periods of time is making us fat and unhealthy.
Research shows sitting more and standing less increases a person's
risk of dying from heart disease and a range of other conditions.
The worst news is no amount of physical activity a desk-bound
worker does outside office hours can reduce the risk.
The research suggests sitting less than eight hours a day and
completing at least 30 minutes of physical activity can protect you
from a range of conditions.
So what's the answer to reducing your risk of developing heart
disease and type 2 diabetes? Start standing up for your health!
Sitting less may seem a bit of a challenge, especially if you
have a desk job, but just remember the more time you spend on your
feet, the better. So start looking for ways you can stand more
today. Our physical activity expert Emma Briskey has made some
suggestions to get you started:
- Answer phone calls and write text messages standing up
- Grab a coffee and hold walking meetings
- Wherever you can, walk instead of getting in the car
- Get off the bus or train one stop early, and walk the rest of
- Take a walk to talk to someone at work instead of sending an
- Hold stand-up meetings
- Invest in an elevated desk and workspace
- Give up your seat on the bus or train and stand for the
- Stand up to do household chores like folding the washing.
For more tips on getting active check out the brand new
Australian Government website Shape Up Australia http://www.shapeup.gov.au/.