Exercise – keep at it throughout the day
Moving around regularly in our daily lives has become less common over the years as more and more people have sedentary jobs and hit the couch in front of the TV when they come home from work. Doing just that promotes obesity as the nurses health study from 2010 shows. A recent Swedish study shows that people who are physically active in their daily lives are in better health than those who are less active regardless of whether they also participate in conventional exercise such as running er going to the gym.
Could it be that we have been overly focused on exercising in the gym three to five times a week instead of making sure that we move around throughout the day? Now we are even finding that vigorous exercise could possibly be detrimental as heart specialist James O’Keefe shows us in his brilliant lecture on Ted.com.
Once again we are reminded of the fact that moderation is they key. Sitting too much is bad and exercising too much is also bad. Our goal should be to add exercise into our daily lives; stand rather than sit at work, make an effort of walking as much as possible throughout the day, take the stairs whenever we get the chance and fit short bursts of exercises into our daily routine. When we come home from work it should be natural for us to go for a walk or a run and use our bikes to go to the store. Since most of us do not do any lifting at work we also need to add weight lifting to our routine to sustain our muscle mass.
Keep in mind that the human body was made to be used as a means of survival; mixing standing, walking, running, bending, lifting, sitting and lying over 24 hours. It was not ment to be confined to a chair all day long, go to they gym three times a week and spend every evening on a couch.