|Tiffany Pernat||September 21, 2018||0 Comments||General Health|
Hey everyone! Happy first week of the Rock the Walk Challenge. I hope you’re enjoying getting into the groove (or continuing your groove) with incorporating physical activity into your day, and dominating this challenge. Remember, making lifestyle changes takes time, and is a marathon and not a sprint!
Week one’s educational topic is centered around “Active Lifestyles” and how adding more movement to your day can be beneficial to your health.
As you (hopefully) know by now, this challenge is centered around physical activity, and getting your muscles, blood and joints moving more during the week. For those of you who have read my blogs in the past, you know I like, no LOVE, physical activity and exercise which means I especially love this challenge. Exercise is one of those things you really can’t or shouldn’t live without, because of all of the physical, emotional and mental benefits it provides.
Now, I know that (*GASP*) exercise is not everyone’s favorite thing in the world, and it can be incredibly hard to find time to add structured exercise. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends 150 minutes weekly (hey, that number is familiar!) of moderately-intense physical activity, which means you’re getting your heart pumping and muscles moving. Some examples of moderately-intense physical activity are walking, running, biking, swimming, hiking, taking a fitness class, boot camp, and just about any other exercise you can think of. The 150 minutes breaks down to just over 20 minutes a day, which could further be broken into 10 minute segments. When you think of it that way, it's not as daunting and totally doable.
Now that I got off of my physical activity soapbox, we’ll get back to active lifestyles. Certainly, physical activity fits right in with active lifestyles and it is what we’re encouraging with this challenge, but the concept of an ‘active lifestyle’ is centered around limiting the amount of sitting during the day, and how you can be more engaged with your health in a positive manner.
Many of you reading this are possibly sitting in a chair, and maybe you've been sitting for a bit (no judgment here... I just looked at the clock and realized I have been sitting for nearly 2 1/2 hours without standing ONCE!). When you stop and think how much we sit every day - between our commutes to work and errands, our 8 (or 9 or 10...) hour workdays, and then sitting in front of the TV or playing Candy Crush on our phones, it's a bit scary. Add in modern conveniences like Amazon and other online shopping sites, online banking, and our cell phones, we are "required" to move less than ever. Perhaps you've heard the phrase, "Sitting is the new smoking" which essentially means that our sedentary lifestyles are taking a toll on our health and the negative effects are killing more people than smoking.
So, what the heck can we do to combat this phenomenon? Check out the tips below for how you can deliberately add in some movement to your day:
Waiting for the kids
Active lifestyles incorporate a whole-day approach to movement, and it may take a bit of thinking on your part how you can incorporate this movement, and get moving. While I am not advocating for you to quit your job because you "sit too much", creativeness may need to kick in to get your body moving more, and to take the next step in your health.
Until next time!