Your Sedentary Lifestyle Will Eventually Kill You: Discover 5 Helpful Tips You Can’t Afford to Miss
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Our focus in this article is to discuss your sedentary lifestyle and some of the different things that you can do to be more active and decrease your associated health risks.
I sit too much. And I figure chances are, you do too.
So the title of this post is a bit dramatic, but it doesn’t make it any less true and I felt the need to get your attention because your sedentary lifestyle is indeed killing you.
There’s no doubting that a sedentary life is an unhealthy one. The experts have been telling us that for quite a few years now.
And the relationship between sedentary living and obesity, heart disease, breast and colon cancer should be more than enough to make any woman sit up and take notice.
In this case we’re not simply talking about a lack of exercise, but we’re also (or especially) talking about spending too much time sitting.
That being said, still not all of the women whose activity levels are sedentary realize just how dangerous the condition is to their overall health or how easy it is to turn things around for the better.
If you’re one of these women, you need to understand that there is nothing but benefit to having a more active lifestyle and by continuing the path of a sedentary lifestyle, you’re putting yourself in an unhealthy place.
So now, lets discuss…
5 Best Tips to Help You Become More Mobile, Energetic, and Less Inactive and Sedentary
Tip #1 – Walk More /Take Walking Breaks
These days we’re all too addicted to screens: laptops, smartphones, tablets and more.
And once we’re sitting in front of one, time just seems to fly by without our much noticing.
If you’re sitting, whether you’re at work or home, every 30 – 60 minutes or so, get up and move around.
If you’re at work, find a reason to get up from your desk or work station.
Walk to another area, go upstairs or downstairs to another level or to another department on your floor, and make the journey as long (distance-wise) as possible.
Do you have to spend a lot of time on the phone while you’re at work?
Stand or walk during phone conversations or while on conference calls (yes, this may require having a speaker phone or a headset).
A typical workday is 8 hours long and if the majority of your day consists of taking calls or taking part in conference calls, that’s a lot of time that you could spend not sitting, stretching your legs and keeping fit.
Don’t spend all that time in a sedentary position if you don’t have to.
Tip #2 – Do Other Things While You’re Watching TV
When you’re at home, instead of plopping down on the couch or into your favorite chair and vegging out for the next few minutes or an entire evening, get up and move.
If you have a treadmill, stepper or climber, they’re all easily used while watching TV.
If you have none of those available, old-fashioned leg stretches, deep knee bends, toe touches or marching in place will do just fine.
If you don’t want to move while you’re watching a show, do it during show breaks and commercials.
Get up and get a drink of water, let the dog out or go to the mailbox.
Do something that requires you to move around for the 3 to 4 minutes the ads last.
It may not sound like activity that would have much of an impact, but I promise you it will.
Alternatively, you can complete household chores while watching TV.
Things that require bending, twisting, pushing, lifting etc. can all be done while catching up on your favorite shows or watching a beloved movie.
And the perk is that you’ll have a home that’s organized and sparkling clean in addition to becoming healthier.
While these might seem like insignificant activities that may not have an impact, they get you moving and out of your sitting position.
They’ll gradually work to make you healthier than you would be otherwise – eventually reducing the impact of the sedentary lifestyle that you’ve been living.
Tip #3 – Take Interest in an Active Hobby
As generic as this sounds, having an active hobby in your life can go a long way toward increasing your level of activity.
Gardening is just one of the many hobbies that you can quickly find yourself spending all of your free time doing. And as enjoyable as gardening is, it also requires physical activity.
Other active hobbies include cycling, yoga, bird watching, hiking, or even joining a walking club – doing this can help you to expand your friend group and meet other women who want to slowly eliminate the unhealthy sedentary lifestyle that they’ve built up.
Tip #4 – Increase Your Walking During Regular Activities Such As Grocery Shopping
Most people find themselves doing grocery shopping at least once a week and sometimes more.
Make it a great opportunity to increase your mobility.
If it’s close enough, there’s no reason for you not to walk to the grocery store instead of driving.
On the other hand, if you live too far away to walk to the store, park at the far end of the store parking lot to increase your walking distance.
That walk along with the amount of walking you do while shopping will increase your total walking distance during the trip.
Tip #5 – Stand
It’s just that simple. Just the act of standing (for moderate periods) is better than sitting for long periods.
Standing burns slightly more calories and requires the work of more muscles than does sitting.
Standing encourages better posture, and it can boost energy levels and mood.
Standing also helps to normalize blood sugar levels after meals.
Even though the above suggestions represent minor changes in the course of your everyday life, they can do much to combat a sedentary lifestyle and lessening your risk for things like heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Take action to decrease the amount of time you’re sitting and immobile each day, so that you become physically healthier, more alert mentally, and better emotionally.
If you take nothing else away from this discussion today think about this:
Whenever you have a choice between sitting and doing something else, do something else and do it much more often.
Kimberly Clay is the founder and creative force behind What She Say. She’s a business professional, writer and editor who’s been creating and managing digital content for nearly twenty years. Her work is now focused in the areas of self-improvement and personal development, and she is passionate about helping other individuals, especially women, to find a path for living their best life.