DON’T JUST SIT THERE!
Easy ways to increase activity and cut down on sedentary time. Working on a computer, watching TV, and looking at smart phones and tablets are all part of modern living. But the ‘sit-time’ involved with each activity is setting us back when it comes to health. What’s the problem with prolonged sitting? It triggers a cascade of negative changes on your health. When people are sedentary, they lose muscle mass, mobility and flexibility. They stop using blood sugar efficiently and may gain weight or develop depression. Aim for two or three fewer sedentary hours in a day. Stand up and move around for one to three minutes every half hour. Every day, add two more minutes of activity. The good news: You’ll have more energy, you’ll sleep better, and you’ll train yourself to stop sitting so much and start moving more. Ask your partner or a friend to join you in the quest to reduce sitting time, then hold each other accountable. And keep track of the amount of new active time you add to your day. An easy way to start: Set a timer to remind you to move one to three minutes every half hour throughout the day. When the alarm goes off, get moving with these sit busters: Stand while watching TV, talking on the phone, folding laundry, writing a letter, paying bills, or using a laptop computer (try putting it on a kitchen counter top). Stand up and sit down repeatedly, march in place, lie on your side and do leg lifts, or lift small weights.