12 Months of Wellness | Month 6 – Movement
This month we are encouraging you to move your body every chance you get. It’s summer and the perfect time of year to introduce more physical activity to your routine. There’s more reason than ever to move your body. Studies are now showing that Americans are literally sitting themselves to death. We sit in long commutes to work, we sit behind a desk for eight or more hours per day, then when we get home and sit in front of the TV to relax. Sadly our modern lifestyles require less movement in our day and that means our overall health is at stake.
Sitting for long periods has been linked to type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and blood sugar, obesity, unhealthy cholesterol levels and has even shown to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer. It has also been reported that going to the gym a couple times per day doesn’t counter the effects of sitting.
The solution is more movement overall. Ideally create a plan to move your body for at least a few minutes every hour. Here are some ways to add movement to your day:
- talk a walk on your lunch break
- purchase or create a stand up desk
- do a set of stairs every hour on the hour
- have random dance breaks in your office and encourage your coworkers to join in
- after work incorporate swimming, hiking, biking, running, and walking as a way to decompress from the day
- get up and stretch during tv commercials
The benefits of moving your body throughout the day are numerous. When we sit our bodies natural process to break down sugars and fats halts. The simple act of standing turns that process back on and is so important to keep us healthy. When we add more exercise to our day we burn more calories and that’s great for our waistline. Movement also encourages a healthier mental state.
Use this months downloadable worksheet to keep yourself happy and healthy and do what you can to get up and move your body throughout the day.
Here are my intentions so you can see how simple this can be: