A few months ago I wrote about simple ways to add more movement to our lives. None of the information was new, but it never hurts to re-hash the importance of taking care of our bodies with healthy habits. By now, EVERYONE should be well aware that we need to keep our bodies in motion to ward off heart disease, diabetes, obesity, etc.
The expression "Move It or Lose It" is spot on. And yet, so many of us remain sedentary and slowly allow our bodies to become soft and weak. Why??
Did you know that there is actually a condition known as "Sitting Disease"? And, no shocker here, it is getting more and more common. Think about it: we spend large parts of our days sitting down. On our commute, at our desks, on the couch, at the table eating, in the doctor's office, etc. Some studies estimate that the average American spends 7.7 hours/day sitting, while others are sitting up to 15 hours/day. Yikes!
That is why is is so important to find ways to add movement throughout our day. Rather than rattle off 5 excuses why you CAN'T move more, this time come up with a couple of things that I haven't listed and actually make them part of your day!
**Stand when you can: it increases blood flow, improves posture, and increases energy
**Rearrange your work area so you have to get up to walk to the garbage can, files, etc.
**Stand while talking on the phone
**Take a walk at lunch
**Park farther away or get off at a different bus stop so you have to walk more
**Get up at least once per hour to walk: to the restroom, water fountain, to ask a colleague a question, etc.
**Multitask while watching TV: get up and move during commercials, or clean while the show is on
**March in place while brushing your teeth
Come on, get up, you can do it. MOVE!!
For more info on sitting disease, check out this link: http://www.juststand.org/tabid/674/language/en-US/default.aspx
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