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Don't just sit there!

Adults who sit less throughout the day have a lower risk of early death, particularly from cardiovascular disease (CVD)1. Reducing our sitting time is so important, however our lives seem to revolve around sitting. From playing with our iphones and ipads, eating meals, driving, working in an office and watching tv, the opportunities for movement can be very limited.

On the upside, this article has some creative ideas on how to increase movement throughout our days. Think about trying these out:

  • Exercise your calf muscles while brushing your teeth. Place your feet flat on the floor, then rise up onto the balls of your feet, hold for two seconds, then sink down. Repeat 20, 30, 50 or more times. Do this also while washing dishes or standing in line.

  • Change your kitchen tools. Use a cleaver for your chopping needs, rather than a chef's knife. A cleaver weighs more, giving your fingers, wrist and arm muscles a real workout. Likewise, us cast-iron pots and pans, which are heavier than standard cooking gear.

  • Walk faster. If there's just one change you can make to get more fitness out of your days, it's to pick up the pace each and every time you walk, whether it's going down a hallways, getting to your car, shopping at the mall, or merely enjoying nature. Walking faster burns more calories, strengthens leg muscles, is great for your heart and lungs, and for your attitude and sense of vitality.

 
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[1] http://www.heartfoundation.org.au/SiteCollectionDocuments/HW-PA-SittingLess-Adults.pdf

 

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