Out of that chair!
Canadian adults are sedentary for about 9.5 hours each day – a lot of this the result of our desk jobs, long commutes, and couch time. In the past two years, you’ve likely heard more and more about the perils of sitting… or “sitting disease,” as some now refer to it.
Without question, the long periods we spend sitting do pose a major risk to our health and research now tells us that the hitting the gym, even hitting it hard, for an hour a day does not offset an otherwise sedentary day. In fact, we’d probably be better off breaking up our workout time into three or four smaller workouts spread over our waking hours.
Our sedentary lives put us at risk for high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, elevated cholesterol and countless other chronic conditions and diseases, including some cancers. They may also increase our risk of developing Alzheimer’s diseases and other forms of dementia.
But it’s not just us adults chained to our desks – ask your kids about their days at school and you’ll likely hear about long periods of sitting in the classroom, seated assemblies, outdoor recess that didn’t happen because of a few raindrops, physical education classes that got cancelled for one reason or another, and the list goes on.
The alarm bell on inactivity in Canada sounded years ago, and it’s been ringing ever since. The message has been delivered – but the question is, what are you going to do about it?
Today I’m sharing some simple ideas to help you and your family to be more active. Swap just 30 minutes of daily sitting time for physical activity and you’ll get 182 more hours of exercise each year. Easy.