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3 Ways to Stop Sitting So Much

By Genevieve Cunningham

Sitting is the new smoking. You may have heard the saying before. While we once thought smoking was OK, we now know that it is absolutely hazardous to our health. In today's world, the same can be said for sitting. Excessive sitting has been found to be incredibly damaging to our overall wellness. And yet so many of us still sit hours and hours each day. If you sit a little too often every day, take a look at these tips for increasing your standing and moving time and decreasing the amount of time spent sitting.

Try Out a Standing Desk

Standing desks are all the rage. OK, so they may not be flying off of the shelves, but they are definitely growing in popularity. Standing desks are made at a height where you can work comfortably in a standing position. If you are afraid that this may get tiring, it may be best to have a desk that adjusts with your preference. If you can sit for part of the day and stand for part of the day, your health and well-being may be far better off.

Cut Back on Television

Most people really like to watch TV. Between satellite and cable and streaming services like Netflix, we spend a lot of time in front of the screen. If you want to spend less time sitting, it can help to spend less time watching TV. Or if you simply can't miss your favorite show, try watching while you work out. The less you watch, the less you sit, and the better chance you have at good health.

Schedule More Time

If you just can't seem to stop sitting, try scheduling it into your day. Plan for breaks where you get up and walk. Plan for an hour at the gym. Plan to stand and read or work if you have to. If you make it important enough to put it on your schedule, you’re more likely to get it done.

It's OK to sit sometimes. It's even good for us to rest and relax. But if all your time is spent in the seated position, it might be ruining your health. Use these tips to lessen the amount of sitting you're doing every day, and you'll be putting yourself in a position for better long-term health.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Glen Carbon, Ill.

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