Besides causing musculoskeletal problems such as neck, shoulder and lower back pain, sedentary behaviour has also been associated with an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, certain types of cancers and even early death.
You are just as much at risk if you’re a regular exerciser as someone who doesn’t exercise at all, if you then spend long periods of time sitting down.
While this may sound ominous, one of the important components of reducing the risk of sedentary work is to increase levels of incidental exercise.
What is incidental exercise?
Incidental exercise is basically any form of physical activity that is part of your daily routine, such as walking to work, taking the stairs and getting up more frequently.
Getting up every 20-30 minutes even for at least 2 minutes can significantly reduce the adverse effects of sedentary behaviour.
Take a look at this infographic for some ideas on how to include more incidental exercise into your routine.
Let us know in the comments section below if you have any great strategies that have helped you to be more active throughout your day.