The average American sits for six to eight hours per day, according to the American Heart Association’s report. Studies have linked long periods of sitting with an increased risk for diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. Sedentary behaviors have also been shown to increase anxiety and high mortality rates.
The cure isn’t just exercising more—it is sitting less. For every 30 minutes of sitting, it is recommended to move for a minimum of 1 minute and 45 seconds. Our bodies weren't made to sit all day; however, the sitting state is almost inevitable—in the car, at the desk, or in meetings. Sitting is what we do the majority of our days, but physically our or bodies weren't developed for it. Sitting all day takes a toll on our bodies and can increase the risk for heart disease and skeletal issues, but how do we avoid the urge to sit?
Try your hand at these Barre-inspired exercises, designed to help you move while at your desk.