You’ve probably heard it time and time again: Work smarter, not harder.
Most people that work in an office environment spend a lot of time sitting down. However, a recent research study found that sitting for extended periods of time reduces the amount of glucose (brain food) that reaches the neurons (brain cells). This can damage brain cells in the long run.
HuffPost UK interviewed Mohamed Taha, the clinical director at Form Clinic, pointed out that sitting impacts "mental wellbeing, not just... physical health," and that "the longer we sit, the more sluggish our brain becomes." Taha went on to explain that this is partially attributable to the "limited amount of oxygen absorbed by your lungs" while sitting down for prolonged periods of time.
While researchers continue to study the effects that prolonged sitting have on the human body, we can at least come to an agreement that the human body was not built for a sedentary lifestyle. So... what can you do?
- If you have a standing desk: stand up for half of your day - you can alternate by doing half an hour on / off
- If you don't have a standing desk: stand up for 10 minute periods at least once an hour
- Go for a light-intensity walk after lunch
- Exercise 60 minutes a day
- Choose the stairs instead of elevator
Every single decision you make contributes to the sum. Minor changes in your daily life may improve your mental and physical wellbeing in the long run.
Stay tuned for more blogs about being healthy at work!