Can a 2 minute walk really counter all that sitting at a desk?
Yes 2 minutes walking/hour of sitting does the trick
Evidence is mounting that sitting for long stretches of time is unhealthy. So what to do?
A new study by the American Society of Nephrology offers a helpful suggestion that even a few minutes per hour of moving instead of staying seated in a chair might substantially reduce the damage from over sitting.
Those long bouts of sitting at a desk can increase the risk for diabetes, heart disease, obesity, kidney problems and premature death. Sounds bad for you!
It's so easy forget while at work ──but You have to get up and move!
Beware of the Chair
What the researchers found was unexpected. They found that a low-intensity activity like standing made little to no difference. But those who walked around gained a substantial benefit in terms of mortality risk. There are beneficial effects of adding more movement into your workday, such as lowering blood sugar, reducing blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular disease — even reducing the risk of developing cancer.
In fact, as little as two minutes of walking each hour lowered the risk of premature death by about 33 percent, compared with people who sat almost non-stop.
Although benefits were shown with just a two minute walk, most doctors would recommend getting at least 10 minutes of movement for every hour you sit. And if you want to power walk or jog, you will get even better results. And remember all that walking will help you sleep better as well, which in itself contributes to your well-being and overall health.
TREADMILL DESK OPTION
The Take-Away ── Final thoughts
Exercise does help counteract most of the negative effects of sitting all day.
Here are some active chair alternatives to your standard office chair to consider:
Technogym Wellness Ball – Active Sitting $225
tip ton chair$345
The forward-tilt sitting position straightens the pelvis and spine and thus improves circulation to the abdominal and back muscles. Comes in multiple colors
Buoy is a seat that’s as active as you are. ... Inspired by the rocking of ocean buoys, its contoured base helps you tilt and swivel, engaging your core and keeping you moving throughout the day. The height is adjustable.