Modernization is a boon from the last two decades. Undoubtedly our lives become easier, but we are inching closer and closer to lifestyle disorder. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 67% older adults report sitting more than eight hours a day and only 30% to 33% of adults are physically active. We have adapted ourselves with modern advancements and falling off more into a sedentary lifestyle.
A sedentary life can affect your health in a way that may go unnoticed.
Sitting more and moving less is related to several serious health issues and is a major cause of obesity.
Inactivity or prolonged sitting for more than four hours a day increases risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, hypertension, and the number of other obesity-related disorders.
Fixing a sedentary lifestyle takes some conscious efforts initially but it is necessary to stave off the effects of sedentary lifestyle.
To combat the adverse effects of sedentary lifestyle we are providing some useful ways.
- WALK MORE
The health benefits of a daily 30-minute walk, people who walk briskly or perform exercises of moderate-intensity for at least 30 minutes every day had a lower risk of heart disease.
- TAKE THE STAIRS
Taking the stairs whenever possible will help you to be physically active and maintain a healthy weight and strong bones, joints, and muscles.
- TAKE FREQUENT INTERVALS
If your job demands you to sit for long hours, make it a point to stand up at least every 20 minutes. Try taking small breaks away from your desk either to get some water or confer with a colleague at their desk.
- MODIFY YOUR WORKSTATION
If an adjustable workstation is available to you, do some of your daily computer work standing up by adjusting its height.
- WALK AND TALK
Always try to walk around when you’re on your phone.
- WALK AFTER MEAL
Set your alarm to go for a walk after lunch or dinner. This will aid digestion and control blood sugar levels. It will also keep your heart healthy by increasing HDL cholesterol.
The adversity of sedentary living can only be counterbalanced by physical activity and regular exercise will play a crucial role in it. Workouts will also help you to reduce weight or to maintain a healthy and fit body.
- CHANGE YOUR COMMUTE
Try to ditch your car, if not possible then add more minutes of walk while commuting.
- EAT LESS AND DRINK MORE
The more you eat, the more is calorie intake and sitting will not help you to burn your calories. You will be stuck with those stored calories life long.
So the tip for you is : Replace food with drinking more water.
There are many ways to keep yourself more active. Limiting sedentary behavior is a significant aspect for health and wellness and the mantra is SIT LESS & MOVE MORE!!!
It will be difficult until you start, once you start it will become a part of your routine gradually.
You just need to do it!
Keep Your Activity Levels High…!!!
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