Over the last few decades, computers have increasingly become an integral part of our everyday lives. This is even more true today as physical distancing has made us dependent on our computers for work, entertainment and social connection. An unfortunate side effect of our ability to be constantly connected is the hours we spend sitting in front of our screens. So, what can we do to stay active as we work from home, stream and chat online?
One of the most useful tools to stay active is a timer that you can set to remind yourself to move. Whether its working on a project or streaming an entertaining show, we have all experienced how fast time can fly when you are sitting in front of your computer. Setting an alarm on your computer, cell phone or grabbing the kitchen timer can alert you its time to move. Getting up and moving every 30-60min can be beneficial to our overall health. A 2017 study found a relationship between sitting for greater than 1-2 hours at a time and early mortality. The lead author of the study suggested that people who sit while working should move every 30min to reduce this risk1.
If you can, get up and go for a short walk around your house. Get a glass of water or walk up and down a few flights of stairs to take a break from the seated position. If you cannot leave your computer, here are some suggestions of ten exercises you can do while sitting or standing in front of your computer.
If you have any questions about the exercises above or would like further information, please feel free to contact our clinic to speak with a physiotherapist.
This information is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical diagnosis and treatment.
1 Diaz, KM et al. Patterns of Sedentary Behaviour and Mortality- U.S. Middle Aged and Older Adults: A National Cohort Study. Ann Intern Med. 2017; 167(7): 465-475