All-day Fitness Hacks
Why you get a lot more from your miles if you move a little all day
Turn work time into workout time
SITTING KILLS. We’ve heard the message – but recent studies suggest it’s not the whole truth. ‘Remaining in a fixed position for a long period is the health hazard,’ says chiropractor and physio AJ Gregg of the High Performance Sport Center in Arizona, US. The seated-in-a-chair position is simply where most of us spend that motionless time. And while runners may not think they are sedentary, research shows we are parked almost as much as our inactive pals – about nine hours a day.
‘ The body is meant to move,’ says Gregg. When you're motionless, the hamstrings, lower back muscles and hip flexors become tight, which can hinder running performance and leave you injured. Sitting allows your glutes to sleep, too. When that muscle group is underutilised, you bring less power and stability into your runs, and you overwork smaller nearby muscles in ways that could lead to injury. Sitting also slows your circulation and turns off fat burners, upping your odds for heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Ready for some good news? There’s a simple fix: ‘ By bringing more movement into your non-exercise time, you engage forgotten muscles and offset those sitting effects,’ says biomechanist Katy Bowman, author of Move Your DNA (Propriometrics Press). ‘ It doesn't have to be intense, it just has to change your geometry.’