This week the news has been packed full with studies and research showing the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle. Keeping active and looking after our bodies ensures a much more positive future and even a longer lifespan. There are so many risks if you choose to live in a sedentary way and you owe it to yourself and your family to adopt a more active way of living.
20 Hours Sitting or Sleeping
Shocking new evidence from one of the UK’s leading weight loss programme companies has shown that 67% of people spend most of their time either sitting or lying down. Despite this, 54% still believed they had busy and active lifestyles. Through a generalised survey these results were found and much of the confusion comes from people feeling mentally switched on, perhaps through working at a computer all day and believe this is akin to physical exertion. People simply don’t seem to realise that an active lifestyle cannot be achieved by spending hours sat or lying down.
Mobile phones seem to be key to this new sedentary lifestyle with 83% of 18-24 year olds checking their mobiles in bed, with 71% doing so first thing in the morning – before getting up. The risk of spending too much time sitting down has been looked at in depth by an American study which found spending significant amounts of time in a sedentary position results in higher risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
Simply incorporating simple exercises or stretches into your day can make a difference. Medical experts recommend people working in jobs which require them to be sat at a desk all day should at the very least stand up every hour if not walk for a couple of minutes, simply to keep their body active.
If you’re one of the many Brits who feel like you spend more time sat down than moving about then make the changes you feel necessary to change this. Small changes do work.
Get on your Feet
A futher survey conducted by YouGov in partnership with walking charity the Ramblers has found 25% of adults walk for less than an hour a week. 2,000 Brits took part in the survey and it found huge numbers simply aren’t getting active enough. A shocking 43% reported walking less than two hours a week and this all contradicts government guidelines which suggest 150 minutes of moderate exercise should be carried out by all adults every week to keep fit.
The benefits of walking for an active lifestyle can’t be underestimated. It’s the easiest and cheapest way of staying fit and it backed by the British Heart Foundation as one of the most effective types of activity for maintaining a healthy heart.
Other benefits of walking are of course the fact that it has positive impacts on your mental health too. Walking helps to elevate a person’s mood naturally, minimises feeling s of depression and gives a person a chance to think more clearly and escape the general fug of reality whilst also exercising their body.
The health benefits of a single 30 minute walk a day are huge and as well as making you feel great you’ll know you’re treating your body with respect and setting a good example to the rest of the family. Although sitting down in front of the television may feel like the thing to do after a busy day at work incorporating a brisk walk will make all the difference.
The evidence is stacking up against us and it’s becoming clear that Britain is not a nation of people who like to keep fit and in shape. The busy nature of modern society means people are spending more and more time in front of computer screens and with this in mind it is important to make time for your daily exercise session, both for your body and your mind.
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