Westerners spend an average of 10 hours a day sitting. With an average of 8 hours sleep. that only leaves 6 hours of moving – that’s quite a ratio unbalance.
NEAT – Non Exercise Activity Therapy
……is significantly more important than our exercise habits when it comes not only to excess fat loss but also for health, vitality, avoiding diabetes and many other chronic diseases. Enhancing energy levels, speeding up our metabolism and even prolonging our lives.
Let’s look at 6 benefits of more movement.
MUSCLES: You have more than 600 muscles in your body that contribute to about 40% of your total body weight. By moving, you are strengthening your muscles, which improves stability, balance, and coordination. Don’t forget that stretching helps maintain your muscle health as well.
BONES: Movement helps build more durable, denser bones. Bone-building activities like resistance training (weights), weight-bearing exercises (jogging, walking, hiking), and balance training (yoga) can support better bone density. This reduces the risk of and can control the deterioration of osteoporosis.
JOINTS: Yoga is all about body awareness, so you’re compelled to pay attention to each movement. By being aware of how you move, you can increase coordination and balance, be mindful of the positioning of your joints, and relax. Plus, yoga encourages flexibility and range-of-motion, which boosts joint flexibility and joint function.
BRAIN: Walking 30-40 minutes a day three times per week can help “regrow” the structures of the brain linked to cognitive decline in older adults. If you are working from home or tend to sit more often, make an effort to take walks.
HEART: According to the British Heart Foundation, we can avoid around 10,000 fatal heart attacks each year if we keep fit, so start moving and try cycling to improve your heart health. Regular cycling can cut your risk of heart disease by 50%.
LUNGS: Keeping your heart rate up improves your cardiorespiratory endurance. Circuit training with a personal trainer or in a group ﬁtness class is a solution but not for everyone. But again, you don’t have to perform a high-intensity movement. Instead, try Yoga or Qi Gong – it still gets your lungs going but at a more comfortable pace.
Conclusion – Move more and avoid too much inactivity. Find something you love and commit to it daily – if you don’t like it – you won’t do it!
If you enjoy walking – make time and allow it to happen. If yoga is of interest – give it a go.
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