Sitting still is not an easy task. Part of the reason I decided to leave my day job and pursue freelance work was due to the “sitting” factor. Sitting in front of a computer for 8 hours everyday is not healthy or productive.
I’m better off if I work in 2 to 3 hour segments. In between those segments, I love taking walks or practicing yoga. I’m really excited about my freelance work and having the ability to set my own schedule. Time is an invaluable asset and being able to structure your work day accordingly is awesome.
A recent article in Women’s Health Magazine got me thinking about the importance of movement. Why? Here are a few factoids from the article:
- We spend approximately 56 hours a week staring at “computer screens, working the steering wheel, or collapsed in a heap in front of your high-def TV.”
- Even if you think you are energetic, “sitting all day at work is common for most of us. And it’s killing us—literally—by way of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.”
- Sitting too much is “hell on your posture and spine health.“
- We’ve become “so sedentary that 30 minutes a day at the gym may not do enough to counteract the detrimental effects of eight, nine, or 10 hours of sitting.”
Getting your move on is important whether you are working at home or in the office. I’ve tried implementing a number of tips to keep my body moving and my mind happy. I highly recommend doing some of these activities. [click to continue…]