Watch Jenny, the founder of YogaMe, do the revolved side angle pose, a quick energizer when you’ve been sitting too long:
I know that too much sitting is unhealthy. I know that according to research, sedentary lifestyle may lead to heart disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer, not to mention back ache. But I still sit too much.
Changing old habits requires more than knowledge: it requires action – and ideally some fun, too.
As a writer my job involves a lot of sitting. I should stand up more often and have a short break, but I feel too busy, or just get deep into work and forget. I also spend many hours each day sitting outside work: driving the kids to their hobbies, attending PTA meetings, watching TV, reading a book, and so on.
Does this ring a bell? You and I are not alone: Britons and many other people in the EU sit for 8.9 hours each day on average.
Get on your feet whenever you can
The good news is that changing your sedentary habits is simple. Research suggests that getting up every 30 minutes, even for a short while, helps. Besides using sit-stand workstations, having standing meetings, and getting on your feet during phone calls, a new and effective way is to add YogaMe into your day. You get a wide range of short, about 5-minute exercises that are especially designed for reducing the ill effects of sitting, and increasing your wellbeing.
We at YogaMe want to make learning new healthy habits easy and fun. All you do is log in and let YogaMe help you start your new routine. Every time you log in you get a new exercise designed for your needs and skills. You can level up like in a game, reach goals and also build sequences yourself, out of yoga poses you like best.
Why not try now! Maybe you feel the change after the first time already?
DID YOU KNOW…
…why standing up clears our thoughts?
Moving muscles pump fresh blood and oxygen through the brain and trigger the release of various brain- and mood-enhancing chemicals. When we are sedentary for a long time, everything slows, including brain function.
… which poses are especially beneficial after too much sitting?
- Extended side angle pose
- Triangle pose
- Fierce pose
… what benefits regular minor movement at work brings?
- It keeps our bodies healthy
- It prevents illness and relieves stress
- It liberates us and makes us more productive (source: Get Britain Standing.org)