We al know that sitting for too long is unhealthy, and on the flip side, moving has tremendous health benefits. We've summed them up for you, in case you needed some encouragement to get up!
Brain function: Moving ensures blood is pumped to your brain at a faster rate. As oxygen and nutrients are carried to all your body’s tissues through blood, it means there’s more available ingredients for your brain to think and function at its sharpest.
Posture: Noticed how you are start slouching the longer you sit in front of your desk? Getting up, moving around and doing some stretches will help alleviate tension that builds up in your neck and spine.
Metabolism: A 77 kg person walking at a leisurely pace burns approximately 162 more calories (680 kilojoules) per hour compared to when they are sitting. This means that 1 hour of extra walking in addition to what you are already doing is the equivalent kilojoules needed to shed about 4 kgs a year.*
Step scores: Walking a kilometer equates to approximately 1000 to 1500 steps. Whether you have an app, a smart device health tracker or a pedometer, you’ll know that reaching the 10 000 steps per day goal isn’t always easy. By walking at a slow pace (about 2 km/h on a treadmill) for just four intermittent bouts of 15 minutes each during your 8 hour work day, you’ll be 2000 to 3000 steps closer to this goal. Rev up the pace and you’re looking at raking in 6000 - 8000 steps in an hour. Now wouldn’t that boost your health status on your medical aid app?
Circulation: It’s no surprise that sitting in static position decreases the rate at which your blood circulates. This increases your risk of developing varicose veins and deep vein thromboses. Prevent this by letting your legs move more.
Muscles: Walking forces you to engage your glutes, your calves, your quads, and your abs. Activation of these muscles contribute to better muscle tone. Sitting doesn’t.