The amount of sitting that we do in a day has quickly become a concern for our health and longevity. Studies reveal that the health impact of sitting for too many hours a day can be compared to the effects that smoking has on our health. A sedentary lifestyle has been linked to cancer, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and a weakened immune system. Let’s explore some ways to ensure that you don’t fall symptom to these diseases.
It can be very surprising just how many hours of sitting we do in a day.
There is the time in the car on the way to and from work, the 8 hours at the office and then many of us spend several hours each night on the couch in front of the television or in front of the computer on the internet.
The winter months in Canada can be particularly difficult to get motivated to work out
or to be more active, but there are some simple things that you can add to your daily routine to increase your activity level without having to brave the elements of winter.
Set a goal to be active 10 minutes out of every hour that you are awake.
If you wake up at 6am and go to bed at 10pm, then you have 160 minutes to fill with activity. Don’t panic. Activity doesn’t mean that you have to be actively exercising. Activity could be as simple as standing at your desk while you make phone calls, tidying your house, preparing dinner, walking to the car (I suggest parking at the far end of the parking lot at work and the grocery store to increase your activity), taking a walk on your lunch break, taking a yoga or pilates class, or any other form of exercise that you enjoy.
If you are pressed for time to fit in exercise, try multitasking.
When you drop the kids off at their extracurricular activities, rather than sitting and waiting for them to be finished, use this time to do an impromptu workout. Walk around the block or if the weather isn’t nice, go to a nearby shopping centre and do a quick lap around the store.
If you are prone to watching a lot of television during the winter, then during the commercial breaks, get up and do a small work out.
Do three reps of 15 squats, lunges, push-ups, sit-ups, or go through a quick yoga flow of stretches.
If you are the type of person that needs to visually see your progress throughout the day then get a fitness tracker and aim to hit around 10,000 steps per day.
The benefits of an active lifestyle are far reaching and include higher energy levels, more restful sleep, lower body mass index, detoxification and better mental clarity.
By bringing awareness to our level of activity we can easily make adjustments to our lifestyle to ensure that we are taking care good of our health and maximizing our longevity.
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