The infographic (click the image to view a larger version) to the right has some startling statistics regarding prolonged sitting and its hidden dangers. Chairs look harmless enough but more and more studies are coming out suggesting that prolonged sitting can lead to adverse health effects. The negative effects may not simply be limited to muscular and postural issues either. Some of the evidence suggests that it can have effects on metabolism as well.
CrossFit Intrepid recently had a comprehensive post on dealing with the issues that arise with extended time spent in seated positions. Check it out and see if there are some tips you can take with you especially if a large portion of your day is spent sitting down.
A few pro tips for those who must spend the greater part of their work days driving a desk:
- Drink lots of water throughout the day. More water equals more potty breaks. This means you get to stand up and walk around throughout the work day.
- Set a timer for 50 minutes. When the timer goes off, get up and stretch, walk around or bang out some burpees.
- If you work at home, look into standup desks. You can probably make your existing desk into a standup pretty easily.
WOD – 4.25.2012
6 Front Squat (115-135/75-95)