Are you sitting down? You may want to stand more often. Researchers have linked sitting for long periods of time to a number of health concerns, including obesity and Metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a triad of conditions that raise your risk for heart disease and diabetes. Metabolic syndrome is diagnosed when at least three risk factors are present:
Metabolic risk factors include:
Elevated blood pressure
Elevated triglyceride level
Low HDL cholesterol level (good cholesterol)
Elevated fasting glucose level
Sitting on the job is associated with increased health risks that may not be diminished by exercise. In other words, if you sit most of the day, even if you hit the gym a few hours a week, you may still be at risk for a host of health conditions. Extended sitting, such as at desk or in front of a TV, can be harmful.
Short frequent breaks from sitting have been shown to improve employee health, productivity and well-being. Micro bursts of movement can help counteract the detrimental health effects of sitting. A simple solution to this problem is to sit less and move more. Examples include frequent standing breaks, standing while talking on the phone, taking the stairs instead of the elevator/escalator, stretching and taking short walks every 90 minutes. The muscle activity required for standing seems to trigger important processes related to the breakdown of fats and sugars in the body.