Sunday, September 13, 2015
EAT LESS, MOVE MORE.....A lot more!
Consider this! You wake up, fling on your activewear, grab your hydration bottle and work out so hard that you can’t wait to get in the shower to wash away the sweat from your skin; you then sit down ready for a hard day’s work with your laptop or computer in tow and rarely move from that position until the clock turns 5pm. You feel smug that you managed to fit in the recommended amount of exercise that morning, only to be told you are still considered sedentary……yes sedentary! Last week was National Fitness Day, and therefore I took the opportunity to remind my clients that even if you go to the gym or do some other form of exercise for 30-45 minutes a day, but sit down the rest of the time, you are still described as having a sedentary lifestyle.
Research has shown that remaining seated for too long may put you at increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular problems, regardless of how much traditional exercise you do - even I was shocked when I first realised this. In addition to the 150 minutes of exercise we should be doing each week, we should aim to reduce the time we spend sitting down throughout the day. Recommendations suggest breaking up long periods of sitting time with short bouts of activity, even for just 1-2 minutes, and trying to take an active break from sitting every 30 minutes. I know this can be more difficult with certain jobs, but it’s imperative you look for opportunities during the working day to try to move more.
On that note, I’m off to stretch my legs! I may invest in one of these for the office.
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