A SIMPLE START TO 2018

01 JAN 18

Moving More, Sitting Less!

 

It’s the beginning of a New Year, the time when we reflect on our successes and the areas that we want to work on for the year ahead (ahem.....it’s been a year since I wrote a blog piece! Won’t be too hard to improve on that this year!).  The point is whether you are into pledges, resolutions, goals or whatever you want to call them, it’s a positive step to aim for self improvement.

 

This year, I’m keeping it simple.....to move more.  Being active and sitting less is one of the simple but key things we can do to improve our health.  According to Public Health England, physical inactivity is one of the top ten causes of disease and disability in England and is responsible for 1 in 6 deaths in the UK. In England 1 in 4 women and 1 in 5 men are classed as being physically inactive, which means doing less than 30 minutes of moderate physical activity per week.

 

Moving more, sitting less is achievable.  It’s not about fitting in a run after work or sweating it out in the gym (although clearly this is great too), I’m talking the KISS principles here (Keep It Simple Silly) that everyone can achieve - making yourself move every 20-30 minutes.

 

Simple ideas to build activity into your day, stand up for phone calls, squats while you wait for the kettle to boil, use the toilet upstairs in the Ad breaks, meet friends for walks rather than in the coffee shop, get outside and walk/run at lunchtime, try parking in a space further away from the supermarket entrance, the possibilities are endless!

 

It’s good to know that regular activity throughout your day may actually be more beneficial than prolonged sedentary behaviour all day followed by a blast of exercise at the gym after work.  Thirty minutes of physical exercise doesn’t cancel out the effect of prolonged periods of sitting.

 

Have a look at how you can build more activity into your day and spend 2018 Moving More, Sitting Less!