MOVEMENT = HEALTH
HEALTH = MOVEMENT
Everyone knows the importance of exercise. Research has proven time and again that regular exercise is an important factor in reducing your risk for most major diseases such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. But did you know that even if you participate in intense exercise, it does not necessarily combat the ill effects of sitting for extended periods of time?
Many Americans can spend 10 hours a day sitting at a desk. And that ain’t good. We actually need consistent movement throughout our day, such as standing, stretching and walking in addition to other periods of intermittent exercise. If you spend a lot of time at a desk in front of a computer (and mitigating EMFs is another whole Health Tip topic) you should make it a point to move every fifteen minutes.
Luckily one of the upsides of technology is that there are numerous apps you can download to remind you to move such as Move – Daily Activity to Stay Healthy, Stand Up! The Work Break Timer or Randomly RemindMe. Videos of simple neck, hip flexor, hamstring and quad stretches abound on the internet, and of course there are numerous fitness tracking options available to choose from such as Pivotal Living Band, Fitbit Charge HR and The Misfit Shine.
If you sit for prolonged periods on a daily basis, consider investing in a standing desk. And when you are seated, pay attention to your posture. Our Health Tip: move, move, move and then move some more!
Courtesy of Self Magazine