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Want to burn calories and reduce risk to heart disease? Stand up!

Filed in General by on 07/26/2012 Comments • views: 2424

We spend most of our day sitting. We sit during the train, bus or car ride to work. We spend most of the day at work sitting at a desk.We then sit on the train, bus or car ride home. Once we get home, we do more sitting. Excessive sitting has been associated with:

  • Increase risk of heart disease, according to the British Journal of Sports Medicine
  • Back pain due to constant pressure on vertebral disks
  • Hip, neck and shoulder pain due to poor posture while sitting
  • Weight gain and obesity

One of the best ways to counter the health risks that come with excessive sitting? Do the opposite. Stand up. Standing can:

  • Burn 20%-25% more calories versus sitting
  • Distribute your body weight over a variety of body structures ( muscles, tendons, joints, etc.) to avoid excess pressure on vertebral disks
  • Improve posture
  • Assist in reducing risk to heart disease and other chronic health problems

Here are some healthy ways to reduce excessive sitting:

  • Set your cell phone to chime every hour as a reminder to stand up for a few minutes
  • Stand up during telephone conversations and conference calls
  • Stand up during part of your train or bus ride to and from work.

Simply standing more puts you one step closer to optimal health.

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