We enjoy some of our favorite activities while sitting: watching Netflix, driving our cars, having coffee with a friend and endless other pastimes. But did you know research has shown that sitting for long periods of time can actually damage your health? Too much sitting can raise your risk for weight gain, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
That’s why the American Diabetes Association® recommends you get up and move at least every 90 minutes throughout your busy day. It’s a simple solution that can put you on the path to better health both at home and at work, when we tend to spend so much time sitting.
Our second annual National Get Fit Don’t Sit DaySM will take place on Wednesday, May 4. Here are four ways to get involved:
- Learn more: We’ve created a brand-new infographic about the dangers of too much sitting, plus animated illustrations of exercises you can do right from your desk.
- Get moving: Once you’ve familiarized yourself with the exercises, encourage your friends, family and coworkers to get moving. Organize a walk at lunch, host a standing meeting, take the stairs, have a Hula Hoop® contest, take a deep breath in a yoga class — the possibilities are endless. (And our free e-toolkit has even more great ideas!)
- Get competitive: American Diabetes Association CEO Kevin L. Hagan will join fellow leaders in the health and fitness industry for the first-ever CEO Fitness Challenge. Tune in online to see who can get the most steps on May 4 — then see if you can outstep them!
- Share away: Share what you do with us on social media by using hashtag #GetFitDontSit in all your posts. Please also tag the American Diabetes Association on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.