We are living in the times of a global health crisis and this month we are sharing ideas about moving more and moving well for your best life. Today’s topic is Simple Ideas to Prevent the Consequences of Sedentary Lifestyle. We like simple ideas that we can implement easily to make change. Check it out and be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments.
A Sedentary Lifestyle increases a person's risks for many ailments, but some are far graver than others, such as cancers, heart disease, and other life-threatening conditions/illnesses.
There are many ways to prevent the consequences of living a sedentary lifestyle, though, and we are sharing a few simple ideas as a place to start.
Some significant shifts in lifestyle that can begin to improve your body’s overall ability to function more actively are:
This list is not limited to just these suggestions either. Everyone's lives are different and finding the best place to make these adjustments should be approached personally, considering health, even if some of the concerns are related to being sedentary.
Standing when you don't have to is essential to preventing the effects of long-term sedentary living. By doing so, you are forcing blood to begin circulation and putting expectations on your leg muscles, building their endurance to the improvements in lifestyle that are to come (hopefully). Think of it as you don't have to stand, but instead you NEED to stand. Check out this article on the benefits of standing - https://www.developgoodhabits.com/standing-vs-sitting/
Some universal ways to apply this practice to your lifestyle are:
These are small steps that are important to avoid the effects of a sedentary lifestyle.
This step is less about a specific action and more about a mindset that is needed. To prevent the effects of being too passive, a person must taper themselves into becoming more active. Starting small is very important, as it prevents any injury or unneeded strain on the body. Our muscular and bone systems are fragile, especially when they aren't used as often as they were meant to be.
Starting small, setting goals, and executing them is step one to preventing the effects of this disease of the mind that plagues the body. Aiming for them to continue and grow is the next part of the transition.
Some general ways to implement this sort of practice would be to start with small physical exercises that are readily available and can be expanded from.
This includes but is not limited to:
This one is critical as it is something that most of us share in life; we have to go to work. For many of us, going to work may mean sitting all day, which does not work in one's favor when trying to combat the consequences that loom on the horizon of a sedentary lifestyle.
If you are blessed enough to enjoy a job that keeps you moving yet still struggle with staying active, focus on practicing good movement daily by setting an alarm as a reminder. If you are not as lucky and spend a lot of your time working in a still position, then proactivity is your best bet.
Being proactive at work means taking breaks to stand, walk, pace, and stretch your muscles as often as possible. This could be structured for the sake of consistency, or you could act on it upon recognizing your body is beginning to feel "stuck" or sore.
This can be accomplished by listening to podcasts or music on the subject and wearing movement-friendly clothing. You are reminding yourself to remain active where possible is important when practicing avoidance of the complications that follow a sedentary lifestyle.
I saved the best for last. To prevent the consequences of living a sedentary lifestyle from burdening your life, you must remain consistent to your practice of good movement activity. This means enforcing discipline upon yourself, taking accountability for the moments you don’t practice discipline, and taking pride in the moments you do. We shared some ideas to help you with discipline here - https://wendybottrell.weebly.com/blog/simple-yet-effective-self-discipline-hacks-for-your-best-life
Staying consistent with your small goals and adjusting them when the time comes is essential for anyone to avoid the impact of health that is connected to a sedentary life.
Striving to avoid the consequences of living a sedentary lifestyle requires changing that lifestyle. This isn't something that can be easily accomplished overnight, nor is it something out of reach for anyone.
Taking charge of our health is a responsibility we have to our mind and body. Take on these five practices with a serious approach and it is guaranteed to create noticeable change.
Share any ideas or questions that you have in the comments.
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