Staying active is key for ensuring physical and mental wellbeing if you work sitting down for a long time.
Staying at home probably encourages sedentary habits for many people and even accentuates them more in others. Whatever the case, being seated for a long time and not doing any physical activity at all can lead to health problems from obesity and cardiovascular diseases to hormonal imbalances or weak bones.
To prevent problems in the future related with being sedentary, the Mayo Clinic published the results of a study done on more than 1 million people, which concluded that ideally we should get between 60 and 75 minutes of moderately intense physical activity per day to help mitigate the effects of being seated for a long time, especially when working from home.
According to the study, the impact of movement, even low-intensity, can be extensive in addition to helping maintain general, physical, and mental wellbeing.
Here are some recommendations from the Mayo Clinic you can implement while working from home or in common workspaces:
- Stand up every 30 minutes.
- Stand up while talking on the phone or watching television.
- If you work at a desk, try working from a stand-up desk or improvise with a tall table or counter.
- Place your work surface over a treadmill, with your screen and keyboard on a support or vertical desk specially designed to use on the treadmill. That way it is possible to stay moving all day.