Get Active!

Photo: Kamshots' Despite the well-established fact that regular participation in moderate physical activity can reduce the risk of developing a variety of illnesses and trim the waistline, most Americans remain seated an average of 7 hours a day. Inactivity can lead to such deadly ailments has diabetes, heart disease and obesity. According to James A. Levine, Md.D., PhD. of the Mayo Clinic, “Our bodies are breaking down from obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, depression, and the cascade of health ills that come from what scientist have named the sitting disease.” He goes on to say, “Every two hours spent sitting reduces blood flow and lowers blood sugar, increasing the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease”. To not fall victim to the "sitting disease", add the following tips to your daily routine.

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Consider your commute. If you take a train or bus to travel around town, get out of public transportation one stop before your usual station, or instead of sitting, stand to and from work. If you drive a car, park your car, and then take a lap around the neighborhood, or park in a space in the back of the parking lot.

Walk while on the phone. Now that each and every one of us uses a cell phone to talk with family or friends, why don’t you grab your keys and go for a walk or pace around your house while chatting with your loved ones. This way you burn calories and get your heart pumping.

Do more than workout. The 2010 American Cancer Society published a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology, which followed 123,216 individual for 13 years. The research concluded that even though a person does 30 minutes of exercise at the gym, it did not counteract the effects of 8, 9, or 10 hours of sitting. Therefore, the evidence concludes that even though a person exercises 5 days a week, you still must remain active throughout the day to steer clear of the consequence that comes from living an idle life. Some easy activities to add to your life include taking the stairs whenever possible, walking ten minute after each meal, and do stretches, push-ups, and jumping jacks during television commercials.