I’ve already posted about Sigma Nutrition Radio Podcasts, but I can’t help but share this extremely informative, thought-provoking and important piece about the health benefits of getting your butt of the couch!
Dr. David Levine from the Mayo Clinic discusses here about the risks of sitting too much / sedentary lifestyle and the importance of nonexercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT), it’s health benefits and how to incorporate more NEAT into your daily life.
I love walking both indoors and outdoors. I can’t think of a better way to relax and de-stress than to stroll in a forest listening to nature’s sounds and breathing fresh air. If possible, I like to meet friends outdoors as well. When I work, I pace a lot in my living room. I’ve even been seen walking with a book in my hand, barely missing hitting the walls :D.
The concept of adding more nonexercise activity to your day is so simple many people ignore it. But if you look at it from the perspective that you have 24 hours every day and you maybe only spend 40-60 minutes at the gym 2-5 days per week (or any other number of hours), it leaves quite a lot of time to lounge on your recliner watching The Simpsons’ re-runs. And how many of us spend most of our working day sitting? From Monday to Friday, 8 hours or more? Every person with a slightest hint of common sense can deduce that one HIIT cardio class per week isn’t gonna cut it when it comes to negating the effects of too much sitting.
Don’t be Homer…
Hopefully the winter is arriving soon here in Finland. If you’re already enjoying the beautiful snowy scenery, why not go for a nice walk tonight to admire the neighborhood’s Christmas lights, go sledding, or even challenge your friends into a snowball fight?
Take care (and remember to move your ass),