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The biggest problem isn’t necessarily that people don’t exercise enough. It’s that they do absolutely nothing most of the time!
I’m talking about sitting. Sitting in front of our computers, sitting in our cars, on buses, trains and sitting in front of the TV. We’re simply not designed to sit 8-14 hours a day. The ramifications on our posture, fitness, energy levels and waistlines is devastating.
There’s really compelling evidence showing that when you sit for lengths of time, disease processes set in that independently raise your mortality risk, even if you eat right, exercise regularly and are super fit; even a professional athlete. So, 3-5 sessions at the gym each week is not the whole solution as we once thought. The gym is an important piece of the puzzle but to truly thrive we simply need to ‘move’ more throughout every day.
So my challenge to you in this post is this: MOVE MORE EVERYDAY!
**** Please note that this is not a call to add a run or an extra gym session, “It’s about finding ways to interrupt your prolonged periods of inactivity with brief periods of activity”.
Here are just 5 easy to implement ways you can get more movement into everyday…
1) Walk or Cycle to Work
“I currently cycle to work (it’s about 5km, so not far) and it’s the fastest mode of transport I have, even faster than my motorbike. A few years ago I used to walk to and from work. It was during this time that I was at my leanest” Darren Shaw.
Walking may cost you some extra time, however, it’s time well spent and really ticks over the metabolism if done regularly.
2) Interrupt Your Periods of Inactivity
During periods of prolonged sitting, set a recurring alarm in your phone every 30 minutes. When is sounds, at a bare minimum simply stand up and shake the tension out of your shoulders, open up your hips, lift your arms above your head and / or have a short walk around the office.
3) Use a Stand Up Workstation
We have switched to stand up desks a little over a year ago and find that we just naturally move around more because we are standing and our bodies need to be more active to support the position. Just remember too much continuous time in any posture can be a bad thing so the previous point applies to a stand up worker too!
4) Have Walking Meetings
Instead of meeting someone for a coffee, meet them for a walk. Some of the top Silicon Valley CEO’s are known for having walking meetings, as popularised by Steve Jobs.
5) Walk around the block after dinner
We had a client who implemented this strategy ONLY and lost 6 kilos over a year. It has a bunch of other positives attached to it that lead to a healthier you.
At Ignite we are big believers in the idea that each of the 168 hours of the week contribute to how we look, feel and perform. If you’d like to get the ball rolling with transforming your body don’t hesitate to take the first step with us by booking in a free trial session (find out more).