You play basketball twice a week and run regularly. You’re healthy enough, right? Actually, maybe not. If you compare the amount of exercise you get per week with the amount of sitting you do per day, you’ll see what we mean.
The human body is designed to move, and sitting for 5-9 hours a day counters the effects of the exercise we do … even if it is every day.
How is that possible? According to the American Heart Association, we need 150 minutes of physical activity per week in order to stay healthy. However, these guidelines fail to address the remaining 9,930 minutes of the week. If the average adult spends 16 hours a day each week in physical activity, those 150 minutes of exercise add up to a measly 3% of active time a day. Makes a little more sense now, right?
Here are a few ways to stay active during the day
Count your steps - counting your steps is a good way to keep yourself accountable and discover how much you’re really moving.
Move often - moving more doesn’t mean exercising vigorously. Even just doing work around the house or taking a short walk will boost your health.
The 20-8-2 rule - for every 20 minutes you spend sitting at home or at work, you should stand for eight minutes and move for two minutes. Set an alarm or reminder on your phone so you don’t forget.
Find excuses - Instead of sending an email to a co-worker who is sitting on the other side of the room, walk over to them. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park at the far end of the parking lot.
The doctors at Associates in Digestive Health want you to be as healthy as possible this holiday season!