By now you’ve probably heard the phrase “sitting is the new smoking” coined by Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative and inventor of the treadmill desk. Dr. Levine has been studying the adverse effects of our sedentary lifestyles for years. In a recent interview by The Los Angeles Times, Dr. Levine said, “sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.”
An overwhelming amount of research shows that sitting for prolonged periods increases the risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. In addition, when you sit, you slouch and the muscles in your back stretch out. When a muscle is stretched out too much, it doesn’t want to be torn, and its response is to spasm and tense up so that it can’t be stretched any more. From the commute to and from work, time at our desk chair and our beloved couch time at home, we are putting in some major hours living the sedentary lifestyle.
Join the deskercising trend. It might just be the perfect solution to ward off your afternoon slump! Fitness trainer, Andrea McCurry, offers some tips along with exercises guaranteed to get you out of that desk chair! She recommends that we stand up and practice deep breathing exercises every hour. Always choose the stairs at work over the elevator. In addition she likes for her clients to stay hydrated and keep water bottle at their desk at all times.
Treadmill desks, under desk peddlers, Therabands and small free hand weights are all tools that can enhance your deskercise regimen. McCurry offers simple moves that don’t require anything other than a good attitude and some self-motivation.
• Stand And Sit x 10
3- 5 times per day
• Seated Alternating Leg Raises x 20 Each leg
3-5 times per day
• Place your left leg on the floor and slowly extend your right leg until it is parallel with the floor
• Make sure to sit upright and engage the core while doing this exercise
• Flex your quad muscles as you extend your leg
Perform Desk Assisted Push up 5-10 reps 3-5 times per day. In the office, lean up against your desk and push yourself away from the desk while in a leaning position.
Cardio Raise the roof:
While marching in place, push toward the ceiling with your palms up and back down with your thumbs almost touching your shoulders. Repeat. Make it more difficult by holding water bottles to increase the resistance.