As more and more technological advances are achieved, our lives become easier and things happen faster, but our lives are not necessarily better.
Technology allows us to get more done by doing less physical work. This sounds great at first but in the long run, it can affect our health. Because we don't have to be as active, we end up being more sedentary. Being sedentary doesn't mean that you're not working or that you're being lazy. You might be at your desk getting a lot accomplished, but if you're not moving at work or at school...you're sedentary.
It just means sitting still. And we are not built to sit still. We are designed to move; our bodies need movement. Many of the functions of our body depend on movement and when the movement isn't there, our bodies suffer. It also needs the stimulation that movement provides.
Movement should happen often. You can't undo sitting for 8 hours by taking a 20 minute walk at the end of the work day and then sitting even more in front of the television or computer at home. Move every 20 or 30 minutes. Microbreaks are a easy way to provide your body with the movement that it needs. Stand up and wiggle, reach, stretch, march, or whatever you can think of to get your body moving. If you need to, set a timer to remind yourself, but don't let yourself sit still for too long.
Physical activity is necessary and should be a part of every workplace wellness, employee wellness, or healthy schools program
Dr. Marc Tinsley is a health, fitness, and wellness expert who works with organizations who want to stop losing money and be more productive by taking better care of themselves and their members. He takes the fear, difficulty, mystery, and confusion out of health, wellness, and fitness with keynotes, breakouts, workshops, in-services, teleseminars, webinars, coaching, and consulting.