Are you finding yourself sitting or standing in place for hours at a time? Do you find that this aggravated pain? Remember to move for approximately three minutes every 30 – 60 minutes.
Research shows that staying stationary – whether sitting or standing – for long periods of time, can be bad for your health. Our bodies are built to move and doing so for at least three minutes every hour helps us feel our best. Once you start moving, you’ll notice:
- Increased energy
- A clearer mind
- Improved mood
- Higher metabolism
- Increased blood flow
- Improved posture
- Reduction in pain and healthier joints
So let’s get moving!
What can you do in approximately three minutes? A lot!
- Go to the printer/copier/fax more often during the workday
- Do stretching exercises. Try these:
- If you work in a call centre or take a phone call while sitting at your desk, take the call standing or follow the call with one of the stretches shown above. Calls can often be made while walking round the block
- Go talk with a colleague in person instead of sending email or calling on the phone (Social distancing allowing!)
- Use the stairs instead of the lift or take the longer route to the bathroom or the kitchen
- Move often during meetings – Turn up the sound on Zoom calls, turn off the video and attend while standing, pacing and stretching
- When on a break, plan some activity like a walk or stretching – your brain will work better this way
- Walk, jog or move in place
The hardest part might be simply remembering to move regularly for at least three minutes every 30 – 60 minutes. Here are some tips to help:
- Set an alarm using your Google or Outlook calendar
- Use the alarm or timer on your watch or mobile device
- Use your clock as a reminder – move every time the minute hand is on the 6 and 12
- Remember “the best position is the next position.” and there is no bad posture only that the positions that lasts for more than 30 mins will not do you any favours
Here at Cathedral Chiropractic movement is a cornerstone of most of the treatment plans we create. If you are at a bit of a loss as to what exercises may benefit you please give us a call and we will be delighted to offer some pointers.