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We spend a considerable amount of days seated. For me I do 8 hours of work at a desk; breakfast, lunch, and dinner; the whole evening before bed and it doesn’t matter if I am reading, watching TV or knitting even, I am very likely seated. Sitting down is not our natural position. We are biped animals evolved from hunters and gatherers (mere humans running away from scary hunting animals).
When we are seated we are not pumping our blood as vigorously as needed and we are not burning energy. To keep our heart in prime condition we need for our blood to be flowing generously throughout our body, yet being seated we are restricting our blood from this ease of flow. As we are seated, our body is in a relax-mode, therefore, no energy is being used, and that goes for our internal organs also. Our stomach and digestive system don’t work as well as we would like and our liver slows down too.
Now that the majority of us are at home and not commuting to work, we are missing those hours of going to and from work, heading out for lunch, heading from one office to another. Working from home has you sitting for long periods of time, and you are very probably more productive too!
If you find yourself seated for long periods throughout the day then you can consider attending virtual meetings standing up. If you are now working from home you likely have had several virtual meetings where you all have your webcams on, sharing project updates, sitting in your pajamas.
Here’s an idea: do your meetings standing up! You will have more energy and concentration for the meeting, and if you move from foot to foot you can increase your blood flow, and you can even do slight foot and lower leg stretches keeping your muscles in top form.
If you benefit from this you could consider passing more of your workday standing up, creating a workspace that will be at standing level - but don’t you ignore ergonomics!
The science of ergonomics is essential for our bodily functioning. You need to sit with your back straight, computer screen level with your view, feet flat on the ground. If you wish to know about ergonomics then check out this blog here
Do some grounding exercises every hour or so while sitting at your homemade desk. All this entails is standing up and taking 5 deep breaths with your eyes closed. Place your hands on your chest.
If you have other instances where you are sitting down a lot then please share so can discuss ideas to help you get standing more!
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