Hi all healthsharers,
Continuing the theme of time spent sitting as an independent risk factor for chronic disease.
Has anyone been spending more time out of their chair since this thread has been posted? I know I have!
Even though my work role and tasks - physiotherapist and accredited exercise physiologist - means that I am up and out of my chair and moving around a lot, I also spend at least half my day sitting during some parts of my consultations and completing paperwork. When I conscious have thought about it… I sit more than I realised!
Over the past week or so, I have made a few simple changes to my personal work practices:colleague discussions at work - standing for the entire chat (30 seconds to 10 minutes)patient consultations - standing for the first few minutes of consultations while we get a status update (for me this is setting an example to my patients that we sit enough as it is and bring it up briefly as a discussion point!)paperwork periods (from 5-60 minute periods) - once I complete a letter or document, I click print, stand up and walk to the printer, sign the document and file for sending (for me takes 15 seconds)lunch time - get outside for a 5 minute breath of fresh air with a walk
I understand that these strategies are not realistic for everyone in different work roles and industries, but small changes can go a long way. Strangely enough, I have actually found my efficiency has been better!
As Bob Marley said, get up, stand up, stand up for your right (to a healthy life)!