So it is this time of the year that we are all thinking of ways of improving our lives and since January is powering on many of us may have already found that our willpower has not lasted as long as we had hoped. Or that we haven’t quite managed the gym as often as we would have liked. Over the next three weeks I am going to blog about three things we could all do to improve your health. They are not ground breaking innovations – the things that make us healthy and keep us healthy rarely are. They are just simple things that we can all do.
Today’s way to improve your health is;
Sit Less – Move More
See what I said about not being groundbreaking!
Sitting for long periods of time is something a lot of us do. Is not only bad for your back (and as a chiropractor I see a lot of people with sitting related back injuries) but it has also been shown that more time spent sedentary can increase your risk of diabetes and cardio -vascular disease.
So what is the ideal? The British Chiropractic Association recommends getting up and moving around every 30 minutes – and I would probably agree. However in the real world that may not be possible – so may be we could all aim for getting up and getting away for our desk for 5 minutes in every hour. A good desk posture is also important – sitting well at a desk can help take pressure off your spine and improve your posture.
We also need to move more, a recent study has shown that 20 minutes of activity a day can make a real difference to your health. A brisk 20 minute walk at lunchtime, getting off the bus one stop early or going for a walk in the evening. They all count and you don’t need any gym equipment to do them.
Obviously what I am suggesting here is not going to make you super fit or incredibly healthy. Its a start. Once you are moving more and sitting less then you can build up your activity levels (here are some suggestions) steadily until they become a habit and not a resolution and that is the best way to change your life.
Join me next week for the second thing you can try.
Rosie Piercy MChiro DC