For so many of our clients they assume that if they get up early and exercise or hit the gym on the way home they are protected from the dangers of sitting all day in the office (and car, train, plane). Unfortunately, this is not true. Many people don’t realize that when we talk about movement we are talking about moving often and this means not sitting for periods longer than 90 to 120 minutes at a time. In a study released last year, 17,000 Canadians were followed for 12 years and researchers found that people who sat more had a higher death risk, regardless of whether or not they exercised.
In an Australian study, that followed 8,800 people over a six year period, it was found that each hour spent sitting increased the risk of death from heart disease by one-fifth. This is why we are so persistent about taking the stairs, getting up to move, having walking meetings, taking frequent PMS (pee-move-snack) breaks, and trying to incorporate movement into your lifestyle everywhere you can.
As we teach in our Tignum movement system, level one is moving more because every time you move you improve your blood flow and enhance your immune function. This means you get better health, more energy, increased productivity, and more resilience.
See you on the stairs.
By Scott Peltin
Founder & Chief Performance Officer