Sunday, February 3, 2019

Sit Less, Move More – A Simple Strategy to Lose Weight

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When fitness guru and personal trainer Damien Darby decided to launch his writing career, he quickly discovered a little problem with his new found passion. He was sitting on his ass for days on end. At first, he spent hours in his office chair writing and teaching people about exercise, fitness and healthy living.

But it was almost hypocritical to admonish people to exercise, eat right, and be more active, while sitting for 8, 10, or even 12 hours a day. And he couldn’t take it anymore. So he tossed his office chair in a back-alley dumpster and built up a stand-up desk. And it’s a move most people should consider making.

Get Off Your Ass

You don’t need to run a marathon, climb Mt. Everest, or complete an Ironman Triathlon. But most people need to get off their butts and be more active. The average person spends at least 9 hours or more a day sitting around.

Think about it. You sit in a chair and eat breakfast. You sit in your car or on a bus to get to work. Chances are pretty good you spend most of your day at work sitting. Then you repeat the same scenario on the way home and top it off with a couple hours sitting on the couch watching TV.

The Problem with Sitting

New research published in the Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity shows that the more you sit, the more you are at the risk of chronic diseases. In the study, researchers tracked chronic diseases among a group of about 63,000 workers.

And they found that the people who sat more than four hours a day had a higher risk of chronic disease than people who spent less time on their butt than that. And chronic diseases aren’t just the kind of health problems old people have.

If you are sitting for more than four hours a day, you are at an increased rate for:

# Heart disease
# Diabetes
# High blood pressure
# Certain types of cancer
# Obesity: This was recently classified as a chronic disease by the American Medical Association.
# Early Death (Too much sitting… how that sound for a cause of death)

Change your ways

If you are among the millions who spend your days on your ass, working at a desk, driving a car, or sitting out in front of the TV, it is time to change your ways. You may not throw your office chair in a back-alley dumpster like Damien did, but you can find ways to sit less and move more like:

·         Stand at least once in an hour.
·         Keep a large distance of car parked from the store which you go shopping.
·         Walk for a short while around the store before entering.
·         Take a 10 to 15-minute walk break at least once a day.
·         Always take the stairs
·         Do jumping jacks during TV commercials.
·         Walk to give a co worker a message instead of calling or sending a text or email.
·         Use that exercise equipment you have been using as a clothes hanger in your garage.


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