Chances are, you’re probably reading this blog while sitting down. I’m also sure that you’ve heard one time or another, too many Americans don’t get enough physical activity and spend too much of their day sitting down. While this may be undoubtedly true, I bet you didn’t know that a large amount of time spent sitting each day is harmful even for those who do get the recommended amount of vigorous physical activity. A report from the Harvard School of Public Health states that not only does lack of inactivity increase ones chance for disease, but being a “couch potato” even when physically fit can change ones metabolism in ways that can promote obesity, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic illnesses.
While it is impossible to be constantly moving and never have a chance to relax and sit down, try to reduce the amount of time you spend sitting and increase the amount of time you spend standing in ways other than going to the gym!
- While studying: every 30 minutes, take a 2-minute break by walking a lap around the library.
- While watching TV: Do some of these great TV Workouts during commercials!
- While attending UNH sporting events, ditch the bleacher seats and stand closer to the field or ice!
- Instead of texting your friend in another dorm or apartment a question, walk there and personally knock on their door!
- Make it a habit to stand while talking on the phone and every time you check your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social media.
Remember when making your daily or weekly exercise routine, make sure to not only include times for vigorous physical activity, but also try to decrease the amount of time you spend sitting!
Check out this article on the WebMD website for more tips on how to decrease your sitting time!