Don’t let your 9-to-5 job undo this morning’s 7-miler.
You may joke about your job cutting into your training time, but the health effects of your desk job are no laughing matter. Most Americans spend the majority of their day on their keister: sitting at a desk, slouched over a steering wheel or zoning out on the couch. Athletes, surprisingly, are worse than the average “sedentary” American: A University of Texas at Austin study found runners sit an average of 10 hours per workday compared to non-runners’ eight-hour average.
Prolonged sitting can cause muscle tightness, poor mobility, back pain and muscle imbalances, undoing training gains and increasing an athlete’s risk of injury. Keep your tush (and your training log) happy at work by creating an athlete-friendly office space.