A recent article in New York Times dated May 25th, 2011 by Tara-Parker Pope revealed how our sedentary lifestyles at work have resulted in individuals gaining weight in the last five decades. To read her complete article, please click on the link provided http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/25/less-active-at-work-americans-have-packed-on-pounds/
One of the main reasons that this article states in individuals gaining weight in the recent years, is sitting in front of our laptops for as long as 8 hours in a day (which makes it a whole working day!). Not only that, when we come back home from work, we are so tired and exhausted because of the pressures we face at work that we would sit in front of our televisions and fall asleep on our couches. So…what have we done the whole day?? Sit, Sit and Sit…
When was the necessary movement done to improve our overall health and not gain weight? Hmmm….nowhere. Some of us are dedicated…we would come back home from work and give ourselves that 45 minute-one hour workout necessary for our body to function adequately. Most of us…are too tired to do otherwise. I don’t blame the “most of us” as work pressures have increased tremendously in the last few years and in order to protect our jobs, we work overtime.
So what can the “most of us” do? A simple solution is WALKING. Just walking for 15 minutes can be a good start and can be done just about anywhere. For example, need that coffee break? Instead of going to the coffee shop which is on the ground floor, find one which is 5 minutes away. So let’s do a quick calculation…1 minute to walk to the elevator+ 5 minutes to get to the coffee shop+ 5 minutes to come back to the office+ 1 minute to the elevator which equals to 12 minutes of a walk! Not bad for a start. Once you get used to this routine, you would automatically find ways to increase your walking time.
So what are some benefits of walking anyway? Here are a few important ones:
You can reduce your risk of Type II diabetes by walking 150 minutes in a week by a whopping 58%!
Walking improves your brain function. Researchers have found that individuals who walk 1.5 hours in a day have improved cognitive function than individuals who walked less than 45 minutes in a day. Think about that…this means increased efficiency at work!
Walking reduces bone loss from your legs.
Walking will also free you from those stressed back pains and aches as you would move your muscles in release the build up tension.
Walking will keep you in good physical shape when you grow older resulting in a healthier lifestyle.
MyHealthIm would like to provide some tips on how you can increase your walking:
- If you drive to work, then park a few blocks away and walk to work.
- Take the subway instead of driving. This way, you would probably have to walk to work and/or take the bus in addition.
- Try picking up that coffee 5 minutes away from work. We all need that 15 minute break in between…let’s put it to good use.
- If your work place is say on the 2nd floor and does not require you to take the elevator…take the flight of stairs up.
- After coming back home from work, try making it a point to walk for at least 10 minutes after dinner. Go out and get some fresh air…you will enjoy it.
- Early morning walks are the best as the air is at its purest. If possible, try to get up a little early and enjoy that fresh air. I guarantee you, that you will feel more refreshed in the morning.
And hence the title of today’s blog “GET UP AND GO!” If you liked this blog, please leave a comment and share. Also come join us on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MyHealthIM