If you have followed our posts since the launch of our Sitting Awareness Campaign, you will be familiar with the health risks associated with sitting too much. Today we are going to discuss an action plan for how to safely transition from sitting all day to standing more often.
As you may be aware, the posture of sitting tightens our hip flexor muscles, our calf muscles, our pectoralis muscles, our abdominal muscles and our neck muscles. So, if you have been sitting for a few years it would be wise to gently ease into things by addressing these imbalances instead of jumping 100% into a standing/walking regime.
Alternatively, if you’re not at a point where you’re transitioning to a sit-stand desk then you can use the following tips for ‘microbreaks’ during your workday. ‘Microbreaks’ are typically short little 2-4 minute breaks for every 20 minutes of sitting. These ‘microbreaks’ help to activate your postural muscles that tend to ‘switch off’ after 20 minutes of a prolonged posture and to help prevent ‘ligamentous creep’ which essentially means damage to your joints and ligaments.
Four stretches to ease the transition to standing and walking (please note – if you have difficulty with any of these stretches we will happily show you how to do them during your next visit to the office):
There you go, only 4 minutes of stretching and you should feel refreshed and ‘taller’!
Additional tips to ease the transition:
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