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Eight Tips to Avoid Sedentary Behavior

Aside from making poor dietary choices, one of the worst things you can do for your health is to be sedentary. I am so guilty of this and have to stay on myself all the time. Being sedentary means that you spend most of your time sitting or lying down regardless of what you’re doing – whether it’s reading, gaming, watching TV, or working. Personally, I spend too much time sitting in front of my laptop. Training yourself not to be sedentary is probably one of the healthiest things you can. Let’s talk about eight tips to avoid sedentary behavior.

1. Get a Stand-Up Desk – If you work at a desk, it’s going to be really hard to avoid being sedentary. Ask your company for a stand-up desk or if you work at home, invest in one for yourself. Some stand-up desks are “sit and stand” desks. Standing instead of sitting while you work at your desk could save your life.

2. Set Your Alarm – If you do need to sit to do something, set the alarm for every 30 to 60 minutes. This will remind you to get up and move on a regular basis. Go f

or a brisk 10 minute walk every four hours, and you won’t be considered sedentary anymore.

Eight Tips for Avoiding Sedentary Behavior
Eight Tips for Avoiding Sedentary Behavior

3. Park as Far Away as Possible – Always park far from the entrance. This forces you to get in more steps. If you can walk or ride the bus instead of drive, that’s also a preferable way to move more.

4. Plan to Be Active – Instead of choosing more sedentary activities like movie watching and sitting around eating, choose activities that get you moving! Plan a trip to the park to play Frisbee or a family outing at the lake. Do things that are active. Even if it’s not your natural preference, you’ll become more accustomed to it as you keep doing it.

5. Take a Walk after Dinner – Research shows one of the best times to walk is after a meal, especially if it’s a heavy one. Walking briskly for at least twenty minutes within 30 minutes of swallowing your last bite can go a long way to reverse the effects of a too large meal.

6. Avoid Elevators – Anytime you see an elevator, find the stairs instead. At first, it will seem so impossible you’ll wonder why you’re doing it. If you stick with it, you’ll grow accustomed to it in a surprisingly short time; it will feel normal, and your body will thank you for it!

7. Get Up and Move During Commercials – If you must watch television, make a commitment not to fast forward during commercials. Instead, get up and move while they’re on. Even if all you do is march in place, it will add steps to your day.

8. Schedule Everything – If you want to be more active, schedule it. In fact, schedule your down time too. Schedule everything so that you know you have enough time to accomplish your goals. If you want to move more, just write it down, make an appointment with yourself and you’ll be more likely to stick to it.

It’s easy to get lost in life and not realize how sedentary you are. If you work from a desk, you are way too sedentary. Studies show being sedentary is one of the worst things you can do to your health. Use these eight tips to avoid sedentary behavior, and it will go far in helping you improve your overall health.

Helping You Achieve Major Wellness!

Cheryl A Major, CNWC

Cheryl A Major, CNWC
Cheryl A Major, CNWC

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