7 everyday things that make you move less

Life is actually pretty hectic when you think about it.

 

Working, socialising, travelling, talking, learning and recreation make up a typical day – all of which, actually involves quite a lot of sitting! With our minds so occupied with everything around, it’s easy for us to lose track of time and sit still for longer than we should.

 

Whether you’re on a train gazing out of the window or working on your laptop at home, sitting for just 90 minutes can reduce the circulation behind your knee by 50%, increasing the risk of developing a blood clot 1.

 

But, don’t fret! You can help to reduce your risk by making #Time2Move regularly, which luckily, isn’t as difficult as you may think. It’s all about being aware!

 

To help you keep mobility in mind, here are a few of the more common occasions that make us move less, and simple ways to get up, get out and get moving:

 

1 – At work

This is a big one. We can spend hours at a time sitting at our desks chasing deadlines. Remember to get up every once in a while to stretch your legs - get some water, make a tea or instead of sending internal emails, go and talk to people – or try one of these easy to do office workouts!

 

2 – Going to work

I love my commute”- said no-one ever. It’s not just long-haul that keeps you sitting - commute times for many people often stretch beyond an hour, whether they are sat in traffic or on a train. Remember those ankle rolls!

 

3 – Planes and trains

Travelling is one of the best things we can do, but those long-haul trips make it all too easy to stay seated for hours at a time. Ankle exercises and little walks up and down the aisle help pass the time and can reduce your chances of developing a blood clots.

 

4 – Movies and marathons

On the sixth hour of your Lord of the Rings marathon? Onto the next series of your favourite TV show for the third time today? Movies and TV can make it very easy to lose sense of time, so wait until the boring bits or make that next horror film an active one by making #Time2Move.

 

5 – Lifts not legs

Our days are filled with lots of little shortcuts, but some of them may not be the best choice for us. Taking the stairs instead of the lift is a handy little way to keep yourself moving at the end of the day.

 

6 - On the phone

Having a natter with an old friend is one of the best things in the world, but a short chat can easily turn into an epic talk. If you’re on your phone, why not stroll around whilst you catch up.

 

7 - Studying

Whether you have an exam coming up or are pursuing a passion, make sure you find #Time2Move. Not only does this help prevent the formation of a blood clot, but it will give you a nice little break as well.

 

So there are just a few of life’s little normal moments that can distract us for an hour or more. Whatever you’re doing, remember that just a few movements can make a big difference!

 

Reference: Thrombosis UK: The Thrombosis Charity. Reducing the risk of e-thrombosis. February 2013

 

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