Sit Less and Move More Often!

Sit Less and Move More Often

Tips

  • If you work at a computer, set a desktop timer to remind you to move every hour.
  • Plan a walking or standing meeting.
  • Take an active coffee break – go for a brisk walk with coworkers instead of sitting.
  • Take a brisk 10 minute walk on your lunch break and then another after supper

 

Fast Facts

  • Physical inactivity is associated with poor health outcomes, including Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers. (Reference)
  • Canadian adults spend about 10 waking hours a day sitting or being otherwise sedentary. (Reference)
  • Being sedentary can cause a decrease in physical health, mental health and productivity. (Reference)
  • Even if you meet the physical activity guidelines (150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per week) sitting for long periods of time is detrimental to health
  • If you sit for 50% of your waking hours per day, the risk of premature death increases by 11% (Reference)
  • Sitting for 75% of your waking hours per day, the risk of premature death increases by 36% (Reference)
  • Sitting for 100% of your waking hours per day, the risk of premature death increases by 54% (Reference)
Last Updated: 01/09/2017