Reduce the sedentary behaviour
Sedentary behaviour and physical inactivity are increasing problems which are seen across all age groups in Denmark. Many of us are sitting down many hours a day and we are not made for that. So there is good reason to resist if indolence and modern amenities make regular movement superfluous.
Small changes - great effect
Sedentary behaviour increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, overweight, various cancers and early death – even if you otherwise meet the recommendations for daily physical activity of at least 30 minutes at moderate to high intensity.
Fortunately most negative effects of sitting time can be reduced by introducing small breaks in your everyday life. Even small everyday activities have a major health impact.
Source: Vidensråd for Forebyggelse
Interrupt your sitting time
Tips for active everyday choices
- Interrupt your sitting time
- Stop using the car for short trips – walk or take the bicycle instead.
- If you have sedentary work, you can decide not to sit down for more than 45 minutes at a time.
- Stand up, change position and use your height adjustable table.
- A ball is a healthy alternative to the chair. The ball is an active sitting solution that strengthens the muscles and stimulates the blood circulation.
- Introduce walk and talk meetings.
- A pedometer can increase your focus on walking 10,000 steps every day. It can motivate you to go for the extra evening walk it takes for you to reach the goal.