As you’re reading this blog post, you may be doing yourself a real disservice. Sorry about that. But it’s true.
Frankly, too much sitting around is dangerously unhealthy for all of us. But if you feel you have no choice because you’re seated at work each day or you have a long commute, don’t worry.
You can do yourself a favour that’ll pay big dividends over the long-term with regards to your heath, mobility, and appearance. If you have to sit all day at a desk or some other work station, interrupt your sedentary stints as often as possible (within reason).
Stand up every half hour and tidy up your desk. Grab yourself a glass of water, or go buy a coffee or tea. Walk around while you’re talking on the phone. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
Run some errands on foot… You get the idea. Most of all, remember that if you shake things up this way, you’ll burn up a lot more calories. This will make a really positive difference over time.
Additionally, you need to be aware that your muscles and tendons all tighten-up when you sit for any length of time, especially your hamstrings, calves, and back muscles.
If that doesn’t seem important to you, then visit a nursing home to see what awaits many of us in the not-too-distant future. You’ll witness the sad spectacle of senior citizens slumped over in their chairs, or walking around hunched over, with their eyes involuntarily fixed on the floor. You certainly want to avoid that happening to you.
So if you want to look and feel 10 years younger (or at least stay in your prime), you need to maintain flexibility and elasticity in every part of your body, particularly your spine.
Whether at home or the office, try to incorporate the following advice into your daily routine as much as possible: Whenever the body has been in one position for a while, stretch it in an opposite direction briefly.
For example, if you spend time working at a desktop computer, get up periodically and stretch your back and neck by arching them backward.
Also, practice yoga at least once or twice a week to keep all of your muscles and tendons limber and youthful. Stretching can even help prevent cardiovascular disease by combating arterial stiffness. In turn, this helps to prevent high blood pressure, according to the American Journal of Physiology.
If you follow this simple advice on a daily basis, it will benefit your health immeasurably over the long-term. And with such little effort. It’s just a matter of moving around a little every once in a while. Surely we can all do that. Especially if it’s in our best interests!
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