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STAND UP! TOO MUCH SITTING INCREASES SERIOUS HEALTH RISKS

STAND UP! TOO MUCH SITTING INCREASES SERIOUS HEALTH RISKS

STAND UP! TOO MUCH SITTING INCREASES SERIOUS HEALTH RISKS

It may not come as news to you that prolonged sitting can have adverse health effects. But now while so many of us are still staying home most of the time, many of us are doing a lot of sitting.  Do some gardening, take a walk or better yet, have a regular workout routine, say health professionals. But exactly what are the health implications of too much sitting?

Here is a quick list of conditions that can either be caused or advanced by prolonged sitting: Dementia, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. If that is not convincing enough, consider this: A combination of 13 scientific studies found that sitting more than eight hours a day increases your risk of death equal to smoking regularly and/or obesity. Further, simply exercising in a good way, and then sitting for the rest of the day can negate the positive effects of your workout. In short, we need to get up and get moving to preserve our health and live longer.

Since many of us are heeding the experts’ advice to stay home, it is safe to say that many of us are seated more than we are up moving around. Like any other bad habit, changing our behavior takes a  conscious effort and extreme discipline. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

  • Stand up during some of your regular activities, such as surfing the Internet, watching television or reading a book.
  • Make a deal with yourself to move around at least 15 minutes out of every hour. A short walk, or doing some work around the house or yard easily fills 15 minutes.
  • In addition to taking those movement breaks every hour, get in the habit of doing some chair exercises while you are sitting. This can alleviate sluggish blood flow and a sedentary cardiovascular system.
  • Acquire a standup desk, so that when you are working at home you can do so on your feet rather than seated at a desk.
  • If you are not yet comfortable going back to the gym, acquire a home fitness machine of some kind and use it every day.

We suggest that you come let us give you a complimentary session at our Strength Science Studio, where careful efforts are in place to protect your safety and health. Here are some of the important steps we are taking to protect your health at the Studio: There will be no more than two trainers/ clients at any given time. In order to do this we ask that you call us at 225-256-3000 to schedule your session(s). We will do our best to schedule you with your trainer and preferred time and day.

  • Our staff will be wearing masks. We highly recommend that you wear a mask.
  • We will clean each machine after each use including the entry and exit door handles as well as the bathroom areas.
    With our high ceiling and excellent ventilation system, and consistent social distancing, you can work out every week and keep yourself in optimum health.

Give us a call and please come see us at 9730 Bluebonnet Blvd., Suite 7 in the City Square Shopping Center. But first – STAND UP!

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