Most people spend their days being largely sedentary. According to PR Newswire,
"Americans are sitting an average of 13 hours a day and sleeping an average of 8 hours resulting in a sedentary lifestyle of around 21 hours a day." This leaves only three hours of actual activity that may range from walking, standing, housework, or even a short workout. Based on these numbers alone, it's clear that many people are not getting enough exercise in the day. But what can you do when your job requires that you be largely sedentary?
There are a variety of things you can do in order to get more activity in your day that can remedy issues that can develop from a constant sedentary lifestyle. Tight hip flexors, shortened hamstrings, and a weak core can all result from too much sitting. This is why it is important to get plenty of activity in your day so that you can prevent muscle imbalances that result from doing too much of one thing.
A lot of what I am about to recommend seems obvious, but if this were true, then Americans would be sitting much less than 13 hours a day. Doing these little things throughout the day can really add up and contribute to better fitness levels.
Use the activity pyramid and my resulting advice as a general guide to get you started.
Simply moving more throughout the day can help to contribute toward maintaining a negative balance as far as calorie expenditure goes in order to stave off weight problems and any other resultant metabolic issues.
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The views expressed on this blog are entirely my own. Any advice I offer is not to be taken as medical advice. If you think you have contraindications to exercise, please see your physician before implementing any sample workout plans I present on this blog.
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