So many of us work long hours at our desks. This can hold true for individuals who travel to an office every day, and also for those of us who work from home. We no longer have to get up from our desk chair, except to go to the bathroom or maybe the fridge. We sit and talk on our phones, sit and send emails and text messages, sit and watch programming at our desks while we eat lunch, sit and schedule meetings online and even sit and attend conferences online. Our bodies remain in one position for upwards of six to eight hours daily, rarely moving. Then we go home to sit and eat and watch TV or play video games, or we just chill out. Studies suggest that this lack of movement is wreaking havoc with our health.
Bodies that don’t move can “get rusty,” with joints developing movement limitation and circulatory issues (lower limbs can swell). We can experience digestive issues (food digests better when you move a bit), and certain chronic disease are associated with sedentary lifestyle. Depression, obesity, a shorter lifespan and sarcopenia have all been linked to regular and long periods of