How and Why You Should Move More Each Day

Posted on July 14th, 2020 by Orthopaedic Specialty Group

Have you ever heard of the sitting disease? It’s a real thing, not because sitting is an actual disease, but because inactivity and sitting all day long can lead you to get heart disease and other types of serious illnesses. Incorporating more physical activity into our routines is more important than ever and can be plenty beneficial.

What Are The Benefits of An Active Lifestyle?

There is a wide range of benefits when it comes to being active for your lifestyle and your body. Making sure to get out of your seat and move around will give you:

  1. A healthier body – Regular physical activity is key to maintaining a happy and healthy body. Exercising helps to reduce cholesterol levels, control high blood pressure, reduce inflammation of your joints, maintain a healthy weight, and lower your risk for diabetes, heart disease, and other serious illnesses.
  2. A healthier brain – When you engage in physical activity, your brain releases endorphins that can help boost your mental functioning, memory, improve productivity, and reduce your stress levels.
  3. A better mood – Being physically active can also help reduce depression, anxiety, and help you release any frustration or stress from your day.
  4. Money to save – When your body, mind, and mood benefit from physical activity, so does your wallet. You’ll potentially be able to save money on healthcare costs including, doctor visits, hospitalizations, sick days from work, medications, and more.

How Can I Move More Every Day?

Here are some easy ways to incorporate more physical activity into your daily routines:

  1. Walk and talk on the phone – Whether it’s a call for work or personal reasons, use the call as an excuse to get up and walk while you’re talking.
  2. Set a timer to take breaks – Take frequent breaks from sitting at your desk to stretch, walk around, get water or a snack, or go to the bathroom. Set timers throughout the day, so you don’t forget!
  3. Walk to local restaurants, stores, etc. – Whether it’s your lunch break, or you’re at home if you need to go to your local store or pick up a meal, try walking if it’s within a reasonable distance rather than driving.
  4. Park further away – Whenever you drive anywhere, park further away than the closest spot you can find to get in those extra steps.
  5. Take the stairs – Skip the elevator or escalator for an easy way to incorporate a little extra exercise into your day.
  6. Work out while watching TV at home – Get off the couch and do some simple exercises, stretches, or more while you’re binge-watching. Even if it’s just during the commercial breaks, get off the couch to fit in a little physical activity.

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