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Move a little, lose a lot! Five ways to end your unhealthy, sedentary lifestyle

What are the odds that you’re reading this blog while comfortably seated?

Get OFF that seat NOW (we mean after you read this blog!).

Think about how much you sit in a day: from the morning coffee or newspaper session, clocking in an eight-hour workday, and then unwinding on the couch by grabbing a snack and watching your favorite series, and finally head to bed. Repeat. And what’s more, you order food online, make online payments, and do online shopping too.

While it might feel more comfortable sitting in a chair than taking a walk around your neighborhood, leading a sedentary lifestyle that might be putting your health at risk.

Sitting is the new smoking!

The costs of sitting too much -

Even if you dutifully work out every day and taking fewer than 4000 steps per day can blunt the benefits of exercise. It is proven that long periods of inactivity, sitting for like 12 hours a day can harm your metabolism. It can also raise your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity, depression and anxiety. It's one of the reasons why we’re seemingly always tired, always stressed and always struggling to lose weight.

You’re meant to move - The human body was designed to move. We evolved as a walking entity and explored the world on our feet. However technological advances, a rise in car culture, and a shift from physically demanding work to office jobs began chipping away at our physical inactivity.

Today at a time, when we have more choices than ever in almost every aspect of our lives, most of us choose to be stationary.

Fight sitting disease by taking these five steps to become physically more active.

Do it NEAT -

What is NEAT? It is Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis. It is the activity that you can add to your daily routine outside the gym that can help you in the long run. The more NEAT activities you engage in each day, the more calories you burn, which in turn will help you lose weight and improve overall health. NEAT activities include walking, bending, and stretching exercises that will stimulate your metabolism.

Pretend it's 1980 -

Choose to walk, make an email-free day, and get out of your chairs. Do you have a question for your co-worker or any details to be asked, cut the electronic clutter, and walk down to their desk and get the details to face to face? Pace up and down while you take a phone call. Or stand and stretch every time you send an email. During a lunch break, take a walk for a few minutes, which will keep you active until the end of the day. And also you can take the stairs whenever possible, instead of only riding the elevators.

Make Chores More fun -

You might hate to read this, But cleaning is a very efficient way of home exercise that we all have to do. You will burn extra calories while cleaning. You can make fun out of cleaning and also make it a good challenge. Turn on some music to add extra pep to steps as you vacuum, iron, and tidy up around the house.

Rethink your commute -

Many of us forget that we can walk places and it will not take long at all. Take a bus or any mass transit to work, and you can get off at a stop early and walk. The walk will make you feel good, burn calories, and will help out our environment while increasing your heart rate.  You can carry groceries home if you live near the market. Ditch the car, You can walk, jog, skate, or even run somewhere you need to go.

Multitask while watching TV -

At the end of a stressful day, we all love to watch television and chill. You can burn calories by doing some pace and stretch movements, even when you are watching TV. Multitasking in this way, while watching Tv is a Win-Win for you - entertainment+health benefits. You can use the couch as a steady surface and stretch out your muscles. If you have stairs in your house, you can walk up and down a few times during ad breaks.

You might have to sit for several hours, but there’s no reason you can take a  stand and change your sedentary lifestyle.

Aren’t you up yet? Get up and get moving!

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