Can a 2 minute walk really counter all that sitting at a desk?

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.  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!

so much office work is done at a desk we often forget to get up and just move around

so much office work is done at a desk we often forget to get up and just move around

It's so easy forget this at work ──but You have to get up and move!

a typical open plan office with most co-workers sitting

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.

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 down.  And if you want to jog, you will get even better results.  And remember all that walking will help you sleep better as well.
 

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 – provided an Active Sitting experience$225 - so you get some exercise while sitting

Technogym Wellness Ball – Active Sitting $225

tip ton chair for $345 assists with posture and provides your body movement while sitting

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

Add movement to your day with the Buoy chair by SteelCase. This chair helps engage your core and promote good posture

Add movement to your day with the Buoy chair by SteelCase. This chair helps engage your core and promote good posture

Buoy $199

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.

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