“I like to move it, Move it. I like to MOVE IT!” may be the word to a song sung by a "Hyperactive Lemur" but it may be just the attitude our modern society requires.
In a government report on “Sedentary Behaviour and Obesity,” adults in the UK currently are spending, on average, more than half their waking hours being sedentary at work, during leisure time and when travelling. The Report added adults should aim to minimise the time they spend being sedentary daily. Further adding, the amount of time spent being sedentary is an important risk factor for several aspects of ill health, including overweight and obesity and associated metabolic diseases.
With work requiring us to sit hours on end, is there a solution? Enter the “Sit stand” principle. Being active is the key. In the Department of Health report “Start Active, Stay Active” a simple task such as ironing could assist by increasing a person’s metabolic rate (rate of energy expenditure) by more than double compared to a person at rest (sedentary). Ironing is a simple task which requires a person to make small and light movements throughout the process.
If such a “simple” process adds value, then the challenge is to take James Brown at his word and convert 'sitting time' to 'standing time'. Here are some helpful tips from www.getbritainstanding.org
- Stand during phone calls
- Stand and take a break from your computer every 30 minutes
- Use the stairs
- Have standing or walking meetings
- Eat your lunch away from your desk
- Walk to your colleague's desk instead of phoning or emailing them
- Stand at the back of the room during presentations