We all lead busy lives. Between work, family and the time we spend helping others, we have less time to devote to our health and wellness. This can lead to stress and weight gain. These 2 factors can go hand in hand.
However, we can start to reverse this by just being more active.
Study by Levine (2005) recruited 20 healthy volunteers, 10 lean people (5 men 5 women) and 10 people classified as grade 1 obese (5 men and 5 women). Levine was looking for physical activity differences between these 2 groups.
Levine found that grade I obese sat for 164min a day longer than there lean counterparts and lean people were standing and active for 153 min than there obese counterparts. This lead to the lean people burning 352 calories a day which is the equivalent to 36.5 grams of fat per year. WOW
Seems a little bit too good to be true, right? Just stand and be more active lose a bunch of weight. It maybe, but it’s a good start. If you lack time, or been inactive for a long period time, I challenge you to find 30 min in your day , 7 days a week to be more physically active.
This doesn’t have to be consecutive 30 min. You can break this up into 3 * 10 min blocks or even 6 * 5 min blocks. It doesn’t matter. Just find time in your day to be active.
Here are some suggestions
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator
- Walk during your lunch hour
- Walk to your co workers desk instead of emailing.
- Pace the sidelines at your kids athletic games
- Housework and walk around your house
- Walk your dog
- Bring your groceries from your car into your house one bag at a time
- Perform gardening and easy to do home repair projects
This list can go on. But you get the idea. All I ask of you is to find 30 min day for better health. And don’t forget to 🙂 either.