Today is the launch of the American Diabetes Association’s inaugural National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day. The association is encouraging companies across the country to engage in healthy lifestyle choices, which includes being more active during the day at work! In fact, the Association recommends that all people should get up and get moving at least every 90 minutes during the day.
- Global research suggests we sit on average 7.7 hours a day, and some estimate people sit up to 15 hours a day!
- Research shows prolonged sitting is associated with a 91 percent increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
- “Today, our bodies are breaking down from obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, depression and the cascade of health ills and everyday malaise that come from what scientists have named sitting disease,” says James Levine, MD, PhD and author of Get Up!
For those chained to a desk, get fit and don’t sit today! It’s unlikely you’ll have time for a true HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) session at the office, but try these easy and office friendly moves — Your body, heart and mind will appreciate it!
- Conference Call Squats. When it’s not your turn to present, try doing some squats (three sets of ten). *If you’re in heels, we suggest removing your shoes first!
- Quick Break Lunges. Visit an empty office or hallway and do a round of walking lunges.
- Jumping Jacks of all Trades. Visit an empty office or hallway and do three sets of 10 jumping jacks to help get in a little cardio.
- Be a Stair Master. Forego the elevator and take the stairs today!
- Walk to (a healthy option) Lunch. And, weather permitting, get some fresh air and be healthy by walking to grab a healthy lunch today.
Be productive and be well. Have a Happy Get Fit and Don’t Sit Day.