Updated: Sep 27
Good Morning friend,
Thanks for choosing to start your Tuesday with a Chooseday mindset. Today's message is a little different, because we choose to Stand at work or when we can, everyday. It's estimated that most Australians spend each day sitting for more than 11 hours. The scary truth is that the death risk is 15% higher for people who sit between 8-11 hours a day, compared to those who sit for 4 hours or less a day. It's no wonder that some say "Sitting Kills", or "Sitting is the new smoking". Unfortunately even if you exercise, it doesn't offset the hours of sitting and being sedentary. Prolonged sitting causes decreased blood circulation, lethargy and can lead to a number of health issues like weight gain, high blood pressure and diabetes. In a book called "Move or Die", author Tim Sitt (ironic, about the name), suggests integrating habitual and free movement in our daily lives every 20-30 minutes. How to easily incorporate more movement and less sitting in our day:
Take advantage of your corporate wellness programs if your company offers them.
Park your car further or get off your commute earlier so you can walk more.
Set a movement timer to remind you to get up and move.
Have standing or walking meetings.
Walk to talk to your colleagues instead of sending them a message.
Get a stand desk (standing also makes you fidget and move more)
The BEST work investment I've made is my $100 stand desk a few years ago. Just standing while working helps me think clearly and feel more energised. I'm also less inclined to feel like I'm melting into the chair which would make me more lethargic and less alert.
... Happy (Standing) Chooseday,
Choosing to Physically Stand also means Choosing to Metaphorically Stand Up for the rights that matter. We can all do our part to stand up for the underrepresented and those without a voice to empower and represent them for better rights. No matter how big or small our acts of support are, we can make a difference to some of these causes.
A better future
First Nations children were almost 10 times more likely to be placed in out-of-home care than non-Indigenous children, according to Australia's Welfare Summary, 2017. There are many causes that help indigenous children pave better futures for themselves through education and learning opportunities.
Helping her Stand up again
Australian women are most likely to experience physical and sexual violence in their home, says the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Many are isolated and some plagued with long-lasting mental health issues. These charities help victims rebuild their lives with support programs, new homes and employment.
For the animals
We don't witness much animal cruelty in Australia but the truth is around 55,000–60,000 reports of animal mistreatment are made each year to the RSPCA. Charities are hard at work to improve awareness and animal welfare so that our furry, scaly and feathery friends will have a second chance.
Know someone who wants to participate in making the world a better place with Choosedays? Forward them this email or show them all the good things happening on Choosedays!
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