STUFF (acronym for Stand-up for Fitness) for someone like me, who has been suffering from Restless legs syndrome (RLS) for almost one year, is very helpful.
Did you know that sitting for too long may be considered as smoking for what concerns the risk of chronic health problems? Too much sitting could be the cause of heart diseases, diabetes and some cancers, and also mental health troubles.
For RLS people like me, sitting for too long is just impossible. Generally speaking, I cannot sit longer than one hour! My legs feel the need to move. Therefore, I work standing all day long and I walk long distances every day. It helps me sleeping, even though sometimes is not enough and I spend sleepless nights (but in such cases I think the cause might also be anxiety or stress).
But also if you don’t suffer from RLS interrupting long sitting periods by short breaks, for instance, interrupting sitting every 30-45 min by standing for at least 10-15 minutes, is very healthy.
Even if you are an active person, more than 6 hours sitting per day has negative effects you cannot compensate for. Have a look at this video, read some fact and practise STUFF by, for instance:
- have walking meetings,
- go for a stroll over lunch,
- get a sit-standing desk.
Remember: Don’t just sit there!
Being active is not as hard as you think. There are lots of simple ways to include some physical activity in your day.
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