Stand Up For Yourself
I’m going to start by giving a shout out to all my ladies who are getting into the gym 3 or more times per week and crushing their training.
YASSSS QUEENS! You’re getting after it more than most people, I tip my invisible hat to you!
Now that I’ve acknowledged your awesomeness, I’d like to discuss the other 23 hours of the day when you’re not killing it at the gym, when instead, you’re killing it at LIFE, getting work done in the office, driving your busy self everywhere, spending time with your loved ones, and getting your 8 (hopefully) hours of sleep in.
I’d like you to think about all this time you spend going about your life, and calculate how much of that time you’re spending sitting on your butt, whether it’s in the office, in the car, on the couch at home... probably a significant amount of those 23 hours right?
The problem with this is that too much sitting has been recognised to be associated with an array of health issues, namely obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease and has even been linked to cancer and depression, INDEPENDENTLY of regular exercise.
So what can be done?
Wherever possible, reduce optional sitting.
If you have the option of standing at work, or using a sit stand desk, grab that opportunity girl! Stand instead of sitting on the bus or train or even better, get off a few stops early and walk home.
For every 30 minutes of sitting, get up and move around for 2 minutes.
If you’re unavoidably bound to a desk, try and move around at regular intervals. Toilet break, anyone?
If you’re going to sit, sit like a queen!
Keep your back straight, don’t slouch your shoulders, and distribute your weight evenly through your hips and feet.
Bonus Fact: When you slouch you can reduce oxygen uptake by up to 30%! Good posture will help you breathe better and give you better energy.
Be more socially active.
Kill two birds with one stone and rather than catching up with a friend by sitting in a cafe, get that coffee to go (in your keep cup of course), and go for a walk. Chances are your friend is in just as much need of more daily movement as you are, so if anything you’re just being a good friend, because you’re thoughtful like that.
Try these strategies for a few weeks and you’ll be surprised at how much better you feel. Because tight hips and a weak core aren’t going to help you squat more than your bodyweight, we promise.