Is the only bout of exercise you get each day your workout at the gym or studio with your trainer? Do you think that time sweating it out is enough to compensate for your general lack of mobility? Ask yourself how much you actually move each day. Do you get up and sit at a table while you have breakfast, then sit in a car to go to work, take the elevator to your desk where you will spend the vast majority of your day, back into the elevator to take you to the car to drive home to head to your couch to relax and unwind after yet another stressful day?

Spending long periods of time in sedentary pursuits has been linked to a host of adverse health effects including elevated Coronary Heart Disease mortality, depression, larger waists and elevated blood pressure. But here's where the problem lays, these same problems can arise in people who are currently meeting physical activity recommendations but are still sedentary throughout the rest of their day. Therefor, even though your current workout regime is still having hugely positive effects on your wellbeing it may not be enough to ward off other adverse health effects. This information suggests it's not enough to only consider the amount of 'adequate' physical activity a person partakes in to attain health benefits but also the amount of time that person spends in sedentary activities such as working at a desk and watching television. So not only do we need to workout and exercise to warrant optimum health but we need to move consistently, everyday!

I personally find our current lifestyles robotic, uninspiring and far too lethargic, especially considering the massive potential and endless possibilities that our bodies are capable of and thrive off if given the chance. We're not designed to sit and stare all day, to be immobile and still. So what can you do to move more each day? Even if you are stuck in a cubicle, staring at the same computer screen day in, day out, there are many different ways you can add extra activity to your day. We have all heard ideas like getting of the bus a stop early and walking that extra distance to your work or home, taking the stairs instead of the elevators, but what other easily achievable actions can you take consistently throughout the day, everyday to improve your health and well being? Sit down and be honest with yourself, look at the current state of your average day and gauge how much you actually move. How many possibilities do you have to stand, walk and become more active each day? When sedentary activities are broken up by short bouts of physical activity or even standing, we see a decrease of adverse biological effects, its that simple!

These tips are nothing new but with our greater understanding of the detrimental effects a mostly inactive day creates their potential power should warrant greater attention and call to action. So stop just sitting there, get up!

Rob Cook.


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