Many of us try and do a bit of exercise a few times a week, but after a busy day, most of us will just want to collapse in front of the TV. According to a study by researchers including Dr David Dunstan from the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute earlier this year, four or more hours a day of television increases your risk of death from heart disease by 80 per cent, and risk of death from all causes by 46 per cent compared with people that watch just two hours a day.
All up, including telly time, we could be sitting still for up to 15 hours a day.
So, apart from changing careers and cutting down on TV time, what can we do about it? Try the following methods to help you get off your ass:
- Stand up when using the phone.
- Move your rubbish bin/printer further away from your desk.
- Take the stairs instead of the lift.
- Walk over to talk to a colleague instead of sending an email.
- Getting up to move around for few minutes or so every hour.
- At home, do a bit of ironing whilst watching TV.