Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Sitting Less, the Key to Health and Fitness

people in western countries today sit an average of 8 to 11 hours per day, However, high levels of sedentary behavior are associated with serious physical and mental health problems, such as impaired cognitive function, heart disease and all-cause mortality.

A team of researchers report in a new study published in ‘Health Psychology Review’ that they believe it is important to improve health and well-being that people feel low and interrupt their sessions by sitting more often, Thus, after analyzing a large amount of research, they have sought to identify determinants of sitting behavior and develop and test interventions to help people limit the amount of time they spend sitting.

These studies have provided valuable information on, for example, the different contexts in which people sit and produce promising intervention techniques To change the behavior of sitting.

“A smart device that tells someone to stand will not help develop strong, lasting habits that encourage people to sit less. The real trick is finding the reason.” going from sitting to standing and vice versa More often,” says study co-author Dr. Benjamin Gardner from the University of Surrey.

“Our study argues that we should create strategies that make the transition from sitting to standing more meaningful to people and find ways to perform these behaviors as often as possible,” says this expert, who At work, for example, trying. Getting up to talk to a coworker, go out for a snack, or have standing meetings.

people Change status between 70 to 140 in a day, Also, they may be able to sit or stand for only a few seconds or for several hours. As a result, people’s seating behavior varies greatly from day to day and from context to context. This variation is overlooked by the traditional approach to total daily sitting time.

The study recommends moving away from time-constrained solutions to sitting and focusing more on increasing the frequency of positions where people move from sitting to standing.

Most studies, whether focused on quantifying, understanding, predicting or changing sitting, have focused on “sitting time”. However, time spent sitting not the behavior, but the result of the behavior, Because of this broad focus on sitting time, the precise behaviors that underlie people’s sitting time, and which interventions should aim to change, remain unclear.

four strategies

The researchers suggest four specific intervention strategies to enhance the sit-to-stand transition in line with people’s daily goals. First, they propose that the main behaviors of interest are transitions from stand to sit and to stand. Second, they point to patterns of goal hierarchy because people rarely engage in these shifts for a clear purpose. take a sitting or standing position, These changes are important to meet more meaningful goals.

Third, based on their framework, they provide suggestions for practitioners to design Feasible, Realistic and Effective Sitting Behavior Interventions, And, fourth, they recommend highlighting the implications of prolonged standing.

‘Stop sitting more often’ may be a clearer and more viable public health message than ‘sitting less’, which people often misunderstand as an endorsement of prolonged standing. “Encouraging people to reduce the amount of time they spend sitting but avoid prolonged standing has been shown to mislead the general public,” the study warns.

In short, both research and interventions on sitting behavior need to move away from their current focus on understanding sitting time. Focus on understanding and/or transition from standing to sitting And from sitting to standing. Specifically, interventions may focus on increasing the frequency of transitions from sitting to standing.

Regarding the second point that talks about seeking objectives, remember that tasks are performed regularly with goals identified: “Completing the task of entering the office is usually described as ‘sitting at the desk’.” triggers, typically completing ‘sit at desk’ triggers ‘open document’, and so on”. And in any case, even if they are standing, this posture assumes one of them, rather it is an act that is not given any attention.

“Our framework offers two general pieces of advice for intervention designers. First, the aim of the intervention is not to limit sitting time, but to increase the frequency of transitions from sitting to standing (and sitting to standing). Second, to achieve this goal, intervention designers must consider the higher-order goals that these transitions provide,” they caution.

frequent infections

Interventions to encourage frequent transitions from sitting to standing can focus on restructuring the environment To create possibilities that invite people to engage in the transition to continuous sitting while pursuing ongoing high-priority goals. For example, height-adjustable desks, since they allow people to do their work while standing, away from the laptop, trash can or printer work table; Coffee or snack machines in shared facilities, etc.

Others, advise work limit , that is, the moments between the completion of a task and the start of a new task, so that in those transitions the person changes from sitting to standing posture. And while sit-to-stand transitions do not occur spontaneously at task boundaries and cannot be prompted, people can be trained to form habits that associate a specific task with a sit-to-stand transition. linked to completion.

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