If your bum could talk, what do you think it would say? Would it be complaining about the smell of your office chair? Would it be asking you to reduce your legume consumption? Or will it simply say, "I'm breaking up with your ergonomic chair! She lied! She is not ergonomic at all!"
It's a grim reality, but we have overlooked the consequences of sitting for prolonged periods. Thanks to the pandemic (yes, we're eternally grateful /s), sticking your bum on your chair sans movement made the plethora of consequences familiar to man. Obesity (a bit obvious), high blood sugar, abnormal cholesterol levels, poor mental health, and an increased risk of dying from cardiovascular diseases and cancer - are among these.
Yes, your job can kill you 💀
Did you know that females who didn't move for at least 11 hours a day faced a 12% increase in premature death? Yikes. The good news is that you have the power to stop that from happening. No, we're not telling you to quit your desk job. What we're about to suggest doesn't only improve productivity but also lessens health risks and elevates mood. And this is by simply disconnecting your bum from the chair.
Off with your chair and do office exercises
Okay, let's not get ahead of ourselves. Before you say you don't have time, let me remind you that an exercise break takes less than 5 minutes. It can be a simple walk to the pantry (or kitchen) to refill your water bottle or walk around the office (or home) and reach 100 steps before heading back. Instead of sending a chat message to your colleague, why don't you walk up to their desk instead? If you're on a video or phone call, stand up and pace back and forth instead of sitting. Running out of ideas, though?
Thank the heavens office exercises breaks are our specialty. Here are 5 high-energy movements that can get your bum to say "Thank you! I was turning into a pancake!"