Gustavus Human Resources Blog: Prevent Sitting Disease

Posted on May 3rd, 2018 by

Sitting is a disease…

“30 minutes a day at the gym may not counteract the detrimental effects of 8, 9, or 10 hours of sitting. Yikes!”

Living a sedentary lifestyle has been found to be very detrimental to one’s health and has been compared to the magnitude of smoking. According to the NFP (National Financial Partners Corporation), the more time you spend sitting the greater your chances of dying sooner become. Below are some tips to help you and remind you to stay moving throughout the day.

  • Stand up! Take a break from work and stand up from your desk for a bit or take a short walk around the office. You can even stand while you’re on the phone or during a meeting! (helps you burn more calories)
  • Communicate in person! If you need to speak with a co-worker make a trip to their office instead of sending them an email.
  • Stretch break! Take a stretch break for at least 1 minute (ideally 3 minutes) every hour.
  • Walking meeting! If available, hold a walking meeting to get yourself and others up and active. This may even allow for more productive conversations and ideas to surface.
  • 10,000 steps a day! Wear a pedometer to help track the steps you take in a day. This helps you reach personal goals as well as it holds you accountable. Aim for 10,000 steps a day.
  • Hourly Reminders! Set reminders on your computer or cellphone to remind you to move every hour. Here are some useful aps that can send you reminders: Move; Stand Up!; StandApp


Submitted by Katie Johnson ‘19


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