Sitting Too Much May Shorten Your Lifespan: 10 Ways To Keep Moving

You may have heard about new research that says that sitting can be just as bad for you as smoking. And that’s even if you do regular exercise. That’s right. Even if you’re hitting the gym hard just after work every single day, sitting for more than 6 hours a day can still lead to an early death.1

How Prolonged Sitting Can Harms Us

  • Increases hypertension2
  • Causes musculoskeletal diseases3
  • Increases exhaustion4
  • Increases risk of cardiovascular diseases5
  • Increases risk of diabetes and cancer6

Unfortunately, most of us just don’t have an option since our jobs require us to be hunched over a laptop in one place for most of the day. But, there are some ways to work around it. Here’s how you can keep yourself moving.


1. Drink Lots Of Water

Get up to refill water.

Not only will this keep you hydrated but it will force you to take frequent trips to refill your water bottle and go to the bathroom. This will add at least 2–3 minutes of walking depending on where your seat is.


2. Walk And Talk

Have walking meetings.

If you need to have a meeting one on one with someone, consider taking a walking meeting. If you need to take notes, use a voice recorder on your phone. This will definitely help you get at least 10 more minutes of walking into your routine.


3. Call, Don’t Text

Walk while you call someone

If you need to text someone, whether it’s home or for work purposes, take a call instead and get up and walk as you talk. Pacing when you take a phone call adds at least another minute of activity.


4. Park Further Away

Park further away so you can walk.

Stop trying to look for that perfect parking spot that’s up close. Instead, park further away and get those extra 2 minutes of walking.


5. Include Stretches When Brushing Your Teeth

Get more activity in your life

It’s not a bad idea to do some calf stretches as your brush your teeth. You could even do some squats. The more activity you can include in your day, the better.


6. Walk Over To A Colleague’s Desk

Walk over instead of sending a mail.

If you need to give your colleague a gentle reminder about a deadline or report, don’t send out an email, walk over to their desk to say it in person.


7. Consider A Standing Desk

Consider A Standing Desk

Many people are considering the switch to a standing desk arrangement. Sitting down slows down your metabolism but standing forces your muscles to work against gravity to keep you upright. Even this small amount of effort makes a difference.

8. Take The Stairs

Get more activity by taking the stairs

Whether it’s your office or apartment building, the stairs provide a great, quick workout session. Even better if you do decide to step out of your workplace during the day since you’ll add more steps each time.

9. Wear Comfortable Shoes

Comfortable shoes will help you stay on your feet.

The occasional high heels are great but if you’re wearing uncomfortable shoes, the less you’ll want to be on your feet. Try and find comfortable shoes that will encourage you to get up and stay on your feet.

10. Set Alarms

Set alarms to remind yourself to get more activity.

Set an alarm on your phone every half hour to remind yourself to get moving. Get out of your chair and do some light stretches to get your blood flowing. If you feel conscious doing this at your workspace, step out for a few minutes or just take a trip up and down the stairs.

Now that you know the risks, don’t just sit there! Use these tips to keep you moving throughout your day.