During a grueling (or not so grueling) workout have you ever thought ” I am going to lay around the rest of the day after this is over. I have earned it”? I have thought that myself and acted upon it at times! It seems that our daily workouts may not be the only key to living longer. A recent study from Time magazine reported that “sitting for more than three hours a day can cut two years off a person’s life expectancy, even if he or she exercises regularly
It goes on to say that being sedentary for a long time each day can be as bad for your heart as smoking! What a wake up call!
Wow – that speaks to a lot of Americans. Being “active” in the sense that we are working around the house, doing yard work, taking the dog for a walk, throwing the baseball with the kids, is more important than we may think. Our bodies were created to move and be used. Lucky for us moms of young children, we don’t really have to worry about being sedentary (some days I don’t really sit all day – I’ll keep reminding myself it is good for my heart 😉 ).
What about if your job requires you to sit a lot? Should you get one of those big bouncy stability balls for your office? Sounds like a healthy idea but not one most people would actually do. Just be mindful of how much you sit and get up every hour or so and take short walk. I believe if people who smoke can take a smoke break, everyone else should get a “walk and keep my heart healthy” break. Wow now we are shaking things up! ha ha
While it is important to keep your workouts going to strengthen your heart and muscles – don’t become a greyhound. If your workout leaves you that tired you may want to scale back a bit. The point here is to be active throughout your day – it’s good for the mind and the body.