Do you sit more than you stand or exercise? In these technological times, many hours are spent sitting in front of a computer or tablet. You probably sit at your desk answering emails, paying bills, or going on media news or Hollywood news to see who did what to whomever.
We order clothes and gifts online and send greeting cards online. We even do our social life online – checking out 450 friends on Facebook or Instagram. There’s many social aspects online; connect with old friends, reminisce and/or get reacquainted, make new ‘friends’, catching up on personal messages and post pictures of your mates and kids and compare your photos to others’ selfies. People complain that Facebook has taken over their lives but considering how popular it is, it is a choice they choose. And we sit and sit and take it all in. When you are done, you may spend more time sitting with other PC-related video games and enough apps to keep you busy trying them all.
Add our cell phones to the above and we sit again – even if in groups or at the dinner table – with cell phones in everyone’s hands and typing away in conversations while humans are next to you typing away in conversations, too. You could talk to those next to you, but they are busy in their own world just as you are. You get tired of sitting so much at the computer, so you put on the TV and sit some more.
These folks’ are living what are called ‘sedentary lifestyles’.
A sedentary lifestyle is a medical term used to denote a type of lifestyle with a lack of physical exercise. We have morphed into a society that spends many hours sitting down. Being sedentary makes you more susceptible to diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity and other health conditions such as high blood pressure, COPD and more . Surprisingly, all this inactivity also makes you tired, sluggish, and mentally inactive. You need to move around, get your circulation going and rev up your metabolism. If it’s raining, go to a mall and walk – not shop.
It’s even more important for youngsters to get fresh air and get outside – not spend hours with video games or their cells. Get them interested in a sport program; it is an all-rounded plus.
How much time do you spend living your life sitting down ?
Do you exercise regularly? Do you walk at least 20 minutes to a half hour every day as cardio doctors always suggest? Why not make exercise a part-time job that you do at home?
It is habit forming and more effective if you ‘report’ to your part-time ‘job’ the same time everyday. Tell friends and family that you took on a part-time job every day from 11:00 pm to noon or whenever is convenient to ‘do the job’. It may be that there is an exercise program on TV that you can work out with. If not, put on your sneakers and go for a walk or dance to your favorite music. You may even lose some poundage.
Besides exercising, it’s important everyday to get up from your chair, stretch and walk around for a few minutes – even if it is to get a glass of water. Don’t leave water by your desk; get up and get a drink. Exercise your eyes by rolling them from side to side and look out the window at a distance since you have been working close up and in a glare. If you have stairs inside or outside – use them – they are a good exercise. After using your legs, you’ll feel better and can continue to use those legs to go outside, get the mail and take time to smell the roses. Pick some. Walk down the street and give them to a neighbor. You don’t have to stop and chat – look like you are busy and going somewhere In a hurry. You are. You are in a hurry to improve your health.
Get up and shake your booty. Walk or exercise – it will make you feel better and can be a life-saver.
Marie Coppola September 2019