The time we spend sitting during the day can really add up. The New York Times posted a blog, Get Up. Get Out. Don’t Sit. by Gretchen Reynolds, exploring the link between time spent watching TV and greater health risks. But Sitting Disease, as it’s referred, isn’t defined by TV usage. Sitting in front of the TV is a factor, though, along with time spent sitting in the car, at a desk or at the dinner table.
If you’re worried we’re going to suggest you unplug your TiVo, relax. As with so many things in life, it’s all about creating a healthy balance. Instead of banishing your TV to the closet, try adopting a few simple solutions to break up the time you spend sitting in front of it. And if you’ve ever wondered just how many hours you spend sitting during the day, give Ergotron’s Sitting Time Calculator a try.
- Get up and stretch during commercial breaks (see, they CAN be beneficial!!).
- Simultaneously do your laundry. The buzzer to move your clothes is a great reminder to move your body.
- Turn it into a game. Pick a code word or two and assign each a form of movement. Every time you hear the code word it’s a reminder to stand and stretch or take a bio break.
- Use your TV for activities that promote movement. Have a dance or sports competition with family or friends.
- Mount your TV with a product that encourages standing. OmniMount’s PLAY40DS can alternate between sit-stand positions for the best picture and most comfort.
The options are endless. The important thing is to find something that works for you.
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