Taking short breaks from sedentary activities can go a long way in preventing diseases.  It could be simple activities like standing up while talking on the phone, walking at a normal pace for 2–5 minutes each hour , especially after lunch, walking up to your subordinate to talk, etc. A variety in actions performed by us can help to stimulate the metabolism which is substantially slowed down while sitting. Changing body postures from one to another is beneficial. Even changing from a seated to a standing posture is thought to switch on important beneficial processes such as those involved in fat metabolism.

Unfortunately with technological advancements, human effort is decreasing making life more and more sedentary .While participating in moderate-intensity physical activity is important, it is just as critical to reduce and interrupt sitting time with light-intensity activities. Innovative initiatives are required to motivate people to get up and move which in turn can be beneficial for increasing productivity such as walkathon, stepathon, etc.

Although growing awareness is making people adopt more ways to increase physical activity, the fact remains that a major part of the day is spent sitting at the desk. We face health risks from sitting for continuous periods of time. Exploring ways of breaking up periods of inactivity (i.e. standing up ever so often) are becoming more important.

Written by drpoojachhawcharia

Dr Pooja Chhawcharia is the Senior Nutritionist at eKincare with over 7 years of experience in Nutrition education, diet counseling and research. She is a Registered Dietician with the Indian Dietetic Association and Certified Diabetes Educator recognized by the International Diabetes federation . She is also interested in ancillary sciences such as Yoga and Naturopathy.

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