It is a new year and you may have your resolutions ready to go, but let me add one to your list. It's easy and can change your life. Reduce the amount of sitting in your day. Did you know that sitting is just as bad for you as smoking? Some researchers are listing it as the new cancer. Being sedentary and not getting movement in your day can lead to serious health problems?
Sitting for a long time causes the body to burn less fat and blood to flow slowly which can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure and other health issues. There is a new term called Non-exercise activity thermogenesis. (NEAT). This is a term associated with general activity we do throughout the day, such as walking, cleaning the house, yard work, etc.. It's not planned exercise, but it's not sitting or laying down.
Even if you did a good workout in the morning you should still try and continue to move throughout the day. A physical therapist friend of mine did a little research on this. He had one of his employees workout for a full hour. The workout was hard and the employee burned a lot of calories. Then he had the employee sit for the rest of the day in front of a computer. Another employee who was a fellow physical therapist didn't do a planned workout, but was on her feet all day. She moved throughout the day and did not sit. Both had on devices to record calorie burn and the physical therapist who moved throughout the day burned more calories than the employee who did the hard workout.
This doesn't mean you shouldn't do a planned workout, but no matter what you need to continue to find movement in your day. If you have a job where you sit behind a desk all day then get up and walk around as much as possible. At lunch take 10-15 minutes and walk around your office building. Get up from your desk and do squats or lunges. Anything you can do to take a break from sitting.
A standing desk is a great option. I am typing this blog behind a standing desk right now. If you take the subway or train to work, stand instead of sitting. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park far away. You know the drill. Anyway you can find movement in your day, do it. You will burn more calories, improve your health and decrease your chances of health issues.
is the owner of The Good Body Personal Training. With a Bachelors of Science degree in the fitness field and 25 years experience in the fitness industry, she has become an expert in the field of exercise science and a well known personal trainer.