Sitting for long periods of time, whether it’s behind a desk, on the couch, or in a car, has become so problematic that scientists have coined the term “Sitting Disease.” Health concerns from a sedentary lifestyle include obesity, cardiovascular disease, and even increased risk of death. A recent survey found that Americans are sitting for an average of 13 hours a day! Unfortunately, a few hours at the gym each week isn’t enough to combat the detrimental health effects of too much sitting, according to the Mayo Clinic.
The solution is seemingly simple – sit less and move more throughout your day. Walking is one of the best, most effective and most accessible forms of movement, offering a myriad of health benefits. Besides helping you maintain a healthy weight and trimming your waistline, walking can help prevent or manage heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. What’s more, walking is also proven to strengthen your bones, boost your mood, and improve your balance, coordination and even creativity!
Adding more steps to your day is easier than you think. Walk while you talk on the phone. Park your car in a parking spot far away from a store entrance. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Hand deliver a message to a coworker instead of sending an email. Grab a friend, family member or office mate and go for a short or long walk outside to enjoy the spring weather. The more you walk, the greater the benefits.
Many studies suggest that walking 10,000 steps a day, roughly about 5 miles, is the ideal remedy to the pitfalls of a sedentary lifestyle. Most people only take 2000 steps in the course of daily living, so reaching the recommended 10,000 steps requires intentionally going for a walk.