Many people do not know that too much sitting (being sedentary) is bad for your health. Even if you get lots of physical exercise, if you sit all day at a desk and watch TV all evening, you have a greater risk of heart disease than someone who moves about a lot during their day.
In addition to actively exercising, we should all move more and sit less. Here's some tips:
While talking or texting on the phone: standing uses more muscles and energy than sitting
Stand and do the ironing, wash the dishes or other household chores while watching TV
Stand during meetings or presentations.
Join a walking group, buddy up with a friend
Park the car further from your destination or get off the bus one stop earlier and walk
Use the stairs instead of the lift - even for one flight
Go for a brisk walk around the block or backyard at lunchtime and breaks.
Wash the car, wash the windows and other household tasks by hand
Hang out the washing instead of putting it in the dryer
Get off the sofa and change the TV channel at the set rather than using the remote
Use the ad breaks on TV to stand and do some stretches, squats, lunges etc.
Take a break from your computer and stand, move and/or stretch every 30 minutes
Sit on a Swiss Ball at your desk rather than a chair (uses more muscles and more energy).
Get a fitness App. for your mobile phone which gives lots of tips and keeps you on track
Log on to a free internet fitness or yoga programme
Use a Nintendo Wii to take an exercise or yoga class or to ski, play tennis, golf or boxing in the comfort of your own living room.
There's lots of help and support available. Here are some suggestions to get you on your way: