According to Dr. Mehmet Oz, women who sit six or more hours a day
“have a 37 percent higher death rate then those who sit less than three hours a day.”
“A sedentary lifestyle increases your risk of type 2 diabetes, cancer, and pulmonary embolisms (blood clots that travel to the lungs).
It can even increase the size of your fat cells.”
If you are glued to your desk due to your job, try taking intermittent breaks with these ideas:
- Walk around your office (barefoot if you are in heals) while making that conference call.
- Replace your desk chair for a ball and take “bounce breaks.” Also, laying backwards for a few minutes every few hours help to stretch those slumped shoulders.
- Every hour take a ‘water cooler’ break. Even a short jaunt down the hall counts.
- On your lunch hour take a brisk walk (in tennis shoes, not heals!). If it’s too hot or cold outside, go to your nearest indoor shopping mall (if you can resist stopping to shop.)
- When you are sitting, watch your posture. Sitting up straight allows oxygen to flow to the brain more readily, ultimately making you more productive.
- Take your shoes off while at your desk circling your ankles and pointing and flexing your feet. Your feet have more muscles and bones then any other body part. Take care of them.