Many of us sit for hours at a desk at work and on the couch at home. Our jobs and activities have been trending toward a more sedentary lifestyle. And regular exercise might not be enough to reverse the damage.
Studies now indicate the longer you sit, the greater your risk of developing cardiovascular disease or diabetes. Prolonged sitting lowers your metabolism, increases blood fat and sugar levels, drops your good cholesterol and increases mortality rates. It’s being referred to as a new risk factor, like smoking or high blood pressure.
We know the benefits of exercise, yet getting the recommended 75 minutes of vigorous or 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week is hard.
If you sit for longer than 30 minutes, get up and walk around. In addition, build your core strength and burn calories by being mindful of your posture.
In addition, do some wall sits with some bicep curls. With your back against a wall, walk your feet forward until you’re in a partial sitting position. Then push your head and shoulders against the wall while curling bottles water or cans of food.
To remind you, set a timer for 30 minutes and MOVE! Substitu- ting even the simplest physical activities for some of your sit- ting time is an easy way to improve health and increase happiness.