Monday 23 September 2019

Office jobs are worse for your health than you think

Long stretches in the chair or couch are bad for our health
Long stretches in the chair or couch are bad for our health
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

How many of us are smug when it comes to our gym workouts or daily walk - but never measure how much time we spending sitting down?

There is a growing body of evidence showing long stretches in the chair or couch are bad for our health, regardless of how active we are otherwise.

How many times have we sat down to watch the 6pm television news and not really moved until after The Late Late Show? More of us are doing long commutes or ploughing through work in front of a computer all day. These long stretches of sitting increase our risk of diabetes, heart disease and other illnesses.

The trick is to break up these sitting sessions with activity breaks and be mindful of not always reaching for a seat.

  • Stand up on the train or bus. Stand rather than sit at the bus shelter
  • Take stairs and walk up escalators
  • Set a reminder to get up and walk around every 30 minutes
  • If you are making a phone call, speak standing up
  • Don' t sit down for your coffee break
  • Get up and walk over to colleagues rather than emailing.
  • Don't think because you're a pensioner you are entitled to sit for hours. Look at Queen Elizabeth as an example of ­someone who may be on her feet for hours in her 80s
  • Older people who watch television should get up during the ad breaks
  • Do housework
  • Play with your grandchildren.

Health & Living

Editors Choice

Also in Life