Wednesday, 4 February 2015

In the news ‘inactivity kills more than obesity’

In the news ‘inactivity kills more than obesity’

University of Cambridge researchers, in a study of more than 300, 000 people concluded that ‘inactivity kills more than obesity’.  I imagine that it is really difficult to separate the two factors, obesity and sedentary lifestyle out because the two are often linked.  However, it is true people of normal weight are more prone to health problems such as cardiovascular disease if they are inactive.  Government guidelines for adults are for 150 minutes (2 ½ hours per week) of moderate activity such as brisk walking or cycling.  You may have realised that I love walking and make it part of my daily routine not only for the exercise but for the natural daylight and fresh air (not to mention my passion for bird spotting!) but I realise that this may not be possible for everyone.  Maybe you could walk or cycle to work? Or if you need to catch a bus maybe you could get off one stop earlier and walk the rest of the way?  While at work you need to be having a couple of minutes ‘stretch break’ every hour if you work at a desk.  Could you stand to make those phone calls?  Did you know that for people who sit all day, the risk of heart disease is on a par with smoking? Standing not only burns more calories but it is better for your posture making you less likely to suffer with lower back problems and it tones your muscles.  Try the following stretches at work.  They will only take a couple of minutes and will give your energy and concentration a boost. 

Take a stretch to bring energising oxygen into your body.

Take a twist to ease any tension in your lower back

Slide your hands down your legs, bringing the oxygenated blood to your brain to enhance concentration. 

Circle your wrists, a great counter pose to working on a computer

Prevent aching necks with some neck releases. Drop your chin to your chest and circle from shoulder to shoulder. Bring your chin level with the floor, then stretch the sides of your neck as shown below.

Try seated key hole stretch as a counter pose to having your legs forward under the desk. Place your right ankle on your left thigh. Release and repeat on the other side.

Ease out tension between your shoulder blades with Eagle arms. Take your right arm under your left, bring your left palm to meet your right palm. To modify, just bring your arms forward, bend your elbows and squeeze your palms together.

Open up your shoulders and chest with Cow face arms, as a counter pose to arms forward at your computer. Take your right arm down your back and your left arm up to meet it in a yogic grip.

This is a great back stretch and opens up your hamstrings when all that sitting at your desk makes them tight.

Open up your chest and stretch out your thighs too with this modified Dancer pose.

Hope these help refresh you and enable you to work even better.

Janet x

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