With the recent celebration of Global Ergonomics Month, here are some reminder tips for things you can do to remain ERGOhealthy:
- Integrate walking as part of your fitness plan. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends at least 2.5 hours (150 minutes) of activity each week. For most adults, this amount of physical activity can be easily achieved in 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
- For those in sedentary professions, or who spend a lot of time sitting, before you begin your day, adjust your workstation. This takes less than a few minutes.
- Get up and stretch every 1 – 2 hours. Relax your eyes using vision relaxation exercises. And remember to drink plenty of water.
- Cut down on watching television and gaming. For participants in a recent study, the risk of death was twofold higher for participants who watched three or more hours of television per day compared to those who watched one hour less.
- People who exercise a few times a week in their senior years are 2.5 times less likely to suffer serious long-term health problems. According to a recent study, taking up physical activity later in life is beneficial and life-extending. The findings include:
- Whether working in the garden or cleaning your car, exercising a few times a week in your later years can dramatically improve health.
- Seniors who participate in moderate exercise (including walking or dancing) are two and a half times less likely to suffer serious long-term health problems.
If you are holding off starting down your ERGOhealthy path, now is the time to start. Recently,researchers from University College London who examined 3,500 men and women over 65 say “it is never too late to start being active.”