For years, the two primary pillars of a healthy lifestyle were nutritious
food and regular exercise. While the logic behind these two ideas is sound,
health experts are beginning to expand the idea of what qualifies as “exercise”
to include “daily activity.”
Is Sitting the New Smoking?
Even heavy smokers know the habit isn’t good for them. But what do
you think their opinion on sitting would be? Unbeknownst to most people,
especially those with desk jobs, sitting for long periods of time may
be just as bad for you as smoking.
study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that even if you exercise, sitting
for long periods of time (like 8 hours at a desk) can have a severe impact
on your health — specifically your risk of early mortality and
In response to these findings, the American Heart Association recently
released a statement urging people to “sit less, move more.” But for many, that’s easier said than done.
Ways to Be More Active at Work
Office workers are particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of prolonged
sitting. Get up and moving, even when you’re in the office, by
- Using a standing desk.
- Organizing a company or department-wide walk during the day.
- Walking to the bathroom or water cooler once an hour.
- Stretching at your desk.
Ways to Boost Your Activity Levels Without Going to a Gym
Ideally, the best way to increase your activity level is by going to the
gym, however, spending an hour at the gym just isn’t possible for
some people. Luckily, just a few tweaks to your daily routine can have
a big impact on your health. Here are a few ways to get in some extra
steps each day
- Park in one of the farthest parking spaces when you go to the store or work.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Go for a walk around the block after lunch or dinner.
Rest and Injury
After an injury, it’s important to rest your body. However, even
when recovering, there is such a thing as too much downtime. If you have
recently suffered an injury, talk to your doctor about walking, stretching,
and performing other light exercises to help speed up the healing process.
At Cortland Regional, our
outpatient therapy team can help you safely increase your mobility and range of motion while
minimizing your pain levels.