Laney is a healthcare public relations professional in New York City. In her spare time (term used loosely), she translates her passion for health to participating in anything having to do with healthy eating and fitness including writing for her blog www.runningonveggies.com. You can also follow Laney on Twitter @lanes0220.
Between sitting at your desk, tinkering on social media networks and watching TV, we are spending on average 9.3 hours a day sitting. We’ve become so sedentary that 30 minutes a day at the gym may not do enough to counteract the effects. That’s one big reason so many women still struggle with weight, blood sugar, and cholesterol woes despite keeping consistent workout routines.
Unfortunately, studies show that only reducing sitting time helps and I certainly can’t suggest quitting your job so you can do less sitting. So what can we do?
First, interrupt sitting as much as possible. Sitting starts to break down your body almost immediately, so get up almost every 30 minutes to stretch, get a glass of water or walk over to your boss to get feedback rather than sending an email. And when you are watching your favorite show, do some sit ups and pushups during the commercials.
Staying active during the holidays is a tough and the sedentary days take a toll on the body. The all-too-rare family time, smorgasbord of delicious eats, frigid weather (in most states), and, of course, football all make fitting activity into the holiday season that much more difficult. Getting to the gym is pretty much out of the question for most people due to the lack of time and crazy weather conditions. Below are a few ways to help keep you up on your feet and active during the holidays.
Written by Jessie Gorges
With obesity becoming increasingly prevalent, it’s no surprise that college students are leading inactive lifestyles. But what’s surprising is that the “Freshman 15” no longer applies to freshmen.
Students are more likely to gain weight their sophomore, junior and senior years. A recent study shows that college students become increasingly more sedentary within their last years of higher education.
“Basically, students came out of college significantly less active and heavier compared to the start of their freshman year,” Jeanne Johnston said. “But it is a gradual process.”