Take a movement break

Raise your hand if you sit for a large part of your day?

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Lots of you, right? You’re likely sitting at a desk right now, reading this.

We sit at work, we sit in the car commuting to work, we sit at our kids’ sports practices, we sit watching t.v. or playing video games. No wonder we’re gaining weight at an alarming pace; our butts are going into survival mode, trying to cushion themselves for all that sitting!

The problem is, we’re not meant to sit for 8-hour stretches at a time. It’s not just that sitting more means you’re moving less, thereby burning fewer calories and gaining weight; the very act of sitting is detrimental to your health. Studies show sitting for prolonged periods on a regular basis leads to disruptions in metabolic function. This means lower levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, higher triglyceride levels and decreased insulin sensitivity, all of which equals a higher likelihood of death. Really.

And I hate to break it to you, but just because you get to the gym on most days, doesn’t mean you’re out of the woods. True, you’re doing better than much of the population, but if you still spend most of your time on your tush, even that workout won’t save you.

Geesh. What’s a person to do? Move a little more.

I’ve talked about how to do that several (many???) times here, such as moving more in your recreation time, walking your dog, and walking your kids to school. Today, I’ve got a couple more ideas.

  • The Movement , a subscription service that gives you hourly pop-ups of an office-appropriate stretch or move
  • Fitness Break Reminder, a download that seems to do the same thing as The Movement . . . for free
  • Time Out, a free app from the Mac store, provides a normal, 10-minute break and a micro, 10-second break. This app allows you to adjust the timing and some other settings for a custom break experience.

I’m sure there are many more options, but these three seem like a good place to start. And hey, if you’ve got an tips for fitting in movement breaks throughout the day, please share.

Now stop reading, and get moving!

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