So many of us have jobs and other obligations that keep us seated during a large chunk of our waking hours. However, according to the Mayo Clinic, sitting for prolonged time is linked to a variety of health issues. Whether you work at an office or from home, the EasyWellness app has several programs to keep your body moving throughout the day.
Here are some of the risks of sitting for too long and not getting in enough movement:
❗High blood pressure
❗High blood sugar
❗Excess body fat around the waist
❗Unhealthy cholesterol levels
❗Deep vein thrombosis
❗Back, neck, shoulder and wrist pain
Overall, the best way to prevent injury or illness from sitting too much is by getting in more activity. EasyWellness makes it simple to schedule activity breaks and get reminders on your phone to stretch or walk around. Here are some of our favorite programs to get you moving:
✨ “Work Break Stretches” is a routine focused on alleviating tension. It stretches all the core groups of muscles that get sore from sitting all day. Additionally, these stretches can be done discreetly in the work place. At 30 seconds per stretch, this routine takes less than 5 minutes.
✨ Use “Step Counter” to get some steps in as well. With EasyWellness, you can set reminders to walk for 5 minutes on the hour or during your lunch break. If you add that up, you could get in about 40 minutes of walking! Not bad! You’ll get your blood flowing and your body moving.
✨ Need to stretch but can’t get away from your desk right now? Try “Desk Stretches.” This routine can be done while seated and focuses on your neck, shoulders and wrists. Stretching these areas is important for improving posture, avoiding carpal tunnel, and preventing headaches. At 30 seconds per stretch, this routine can be completed in just over 5 minutes.
The idea of switching gears in the middle of your work day to stretch or walk may seem overwhelming at first. Start by scheduling one walk or stretching routine per day and build up from there. With EasyWellness, you’ll find yourself getting into the habit in no time. Building up to the goal over several weeks may be necessary but you will feel the results in the short and long term.