The World Health Organisation is listing Physical Inactivity as the fourth biggest health risk factor for adults across the world.
If you spend long periods of time sitting, this is particularly bad news, as it increases your risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer.
The most current research has shown that even normal weight individuals that are inactive, are at risk.
And unfortunately, you can’t bank the benefits of exercise from your youth, hoping it will help you 40 years down the line ….
The ideal scenario is to have been active throughout your lifespan, but research has shown that your health can benefit from physical activity at any age, meaning it doesn’t matter when you start, as long as you start!
Physical activity performed regularly, can help to prevent and manage over 20 chronic medical conditions. These include coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer, obesity, mental health problems and musculoskeletal conditions.
And the good news is that we can combat the negative effects of prolonged sitting (total of 8 hours or more) with just 60-75 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a day.
The reality is that our busy lifestyles and hectic schedules that we seem to have these days can make it seem impossible to fit workouts into your busy week.
Where on earth does the time go???!!!!
The prospect of packing a gym bag, trudging to your local gym, working out, showering, changing, and trudging back to where you came from, can sometimes feel like a lot of effort.
But when we neglect exercise, we not only put both our physical and mental health at risk, but we also negatively impact our productivity and effectiveness at work.
And you would be surprised at the number of opportunities there are in a working day, to increase your activity levels. This doesn’t have to mean running or cycling to work, although that’s great if you can, but you can in fact accumulate activity that is beneficial to health, in lots of different ways during the day.
Which is why I have put together a collection of resources to help you (and your colleagues) achieve this.
At the following link you can download leaflets, exercise handouts and infographics on the following topics.
- 17 Ways to Be More Active at Work
- Thinking on your Feet - Why it Pays to Be Physically Active at Work Client Newsletter
- Stretching Exercises for the Workplace
- Strengthening Exercises for the Workplace
- Why Posture Matters
- Optimal Desk Posture Infographic
- Carpal Tunnel Infographic
- Preventing and Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Carpal Tunnel Rehabilitation Exercise Sheet
Click here to download the resources [http://bit.ly/2X8w2N7]
As a Massage Therapist I can help with a wide range of issues caused by long periods of sitting at a desk, including back and neck pains, tingling in your hands, carpal tunnel syndrome, even regular headaches experienced at work.
Please feel free to get in touch if you need advice and I hope you find these resources useful. :)