The surprisingly easy way to sit less most people ignore
Sitting for long, uninterrupted periods of time is bad for your health. This is something you’ve probably heard before. Researchers have linked it to cancer, Type-2 diabetes, and heart disease. Reporters have taken to calling it the new smoking.
And yet, despite all the warnings, somehow we continue to find ourselves sitting at our desks, in our cars, and on our couches. Sometimes for hours on end.
We tell ourselves that we’re going to get up more regularly. That every thirty minutes we’ll take a quick break to stretch, or go for a quick stroll. Then two hours go by.
We get engrossed in watching Netflix. One YouTube video leads to another. Your Instagram feed just keeps on going and going. It happens to the best of us. We get sucked in, entertainment or work or convenience takes priority, and our health takes a back seat.
Set a reminder you literally can’t ignore
The only foolproof way to stop yourself from sitting for extended periods of time is to set a reminder that is impossible to dismiss no matter how distracted you get. Wouldn’t it be perfect if you could set a reminder like that every single day? That would be amazing, right?
Well, there is a way! The secret? Drink more water!
That’s right. If you drink enough water throughout the day, it’s virtually impossible to not get up to go to the washroom!
Tips for drinking more water
Of course, this reminder only works if you actually drink enough water – something many people don’t do. So included below is a list of tips for how to sneak in more liquid every day to make yourself get up and moving more often:
- Start your day with water. Every morning, drink a glass of water. When you get to work, pour yourself a cup. It’s a great way to kickoff your day.
- Always have water on hand. Carry your water bottle with you wherever you go. As soon as you finish your glass of water, get up and grab another. Don’t wait to get thirsty. It’s all about making it accessible.
- Use a small glass. Ordinarily, it’s recommended that you drink from a large glass because you drink more water when you do. But, if the goal is to get up as much as possible, a small glass is super helpful because you have to refill it more often. As soon as it’s empty, go grab another to further reduce the long interrupted stretches of sitting.
- Don’t just drink water. Get a variety of liquids on the go. You don’t have to choose between a cup of tea and a glass of water, grab both!
- Add some flavour. If you get tired of drinking plain water, try mixing in some other flavours. Squeeze in a lemon or toss in some berries. A few slices of cucumber go a long way. Or if you really want to get creative, brew a pitcher of tea, toss in some lemons, and keep it chilling in the fridge at all times.
- Don’t wait to go! Don’t wait until your bladder is about to burst to go to the washroom. Just get up and go whenever you feel the urge. Remember, the whole point is that getting up as often as possible is the best way to reduce the damage of sitting.
- Take a detour. Take advantage of your standing time and extend your journey to the washroom whenever you can. Go the long way. Do a lap around the office. Go to the far one, or the one on the second floor. Obviously you can’t take a fifteen-minute break every thirty minutes or you won’t get anything done, but every little bit helps.
- Remember that these are both good habits. The best part about drinking more water is that it’s also good for your health. Getting up often and drinking more water are both fantastic for your overall wellbeing. You might find that you have more energy, less back pain, or an easier time concentrating. The list of potential benefits is endless.
So what are you waiting for? Go grab a glass of water – it’s the perfect way to constantly remind yourself to sit less and move more!