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Get moving with Live Lighter!

Together with healthy eating, being more active and less sedentary is an important part of maintaining a healthy weight.

Research shows that those with high levels of sedentary time have an increased risk of experiencing associated health complications, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

lounge-chair_500wideAre you at risk?

It is worth noting that sedentary behaviour is not the same as a lack of physical activity. Sometimes people who do enough physical activity each day might still spend a lot of time sitting too long in an office environment, whether in front of a computer, reading, watching tv or driving. Basically, any time you are sitting or reclining for an extended period.

Josh-and-Sarah_500wideReducing sedentary behaviour with incidental exercise

The good news is anyone can reduce the time they spend doing sedentary activities, and it starts with being more aware. Take note of how long you are sitting for one thing and be mindful of scheduling some incidental exercise to give your body a burst of activity. It might be simple as standing up from your desk for a stretch or going to talk to a workmate instead of sending an email. When you’re at home and watching tv, try some simple exercises during the commercial breaks. Set a cap on maximum screen time for each day so you get a break from computers, and take the stairs instead of the elevator when you’re out and about.

Physical activity tips

As well as increasing your incidental exercise, 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical exercise such as fast walking on most or all days of the week is necessary for good health. We have some great tips to increase your levels of physical activity in life and solidify healthier habits for the longterm.

Our 5 top tips to put more action in your day

  1. Choose an activity you enjoy
  2. Set small and achievable physical activity goals
  3. Reward yourself when you reach your goals, e.g. by booking a massage or buying a piece of clothing
  4. Be active with friends or family by making a regular time to meet
  5. Make physical activity part of your everyday – set your alarm for 30 minutes earlier each morning or use your lunch break to go for a walk.

Need a bit more inspiration?

LiveLighter have developed ‘Get Moving with Margarita’ – a series of instructional exercise videos to get you moving everyday, even in the comfort of your own home, using regular household items. Whether you have just started moving or want more of a challenge, these exercises can be customised to suit your needs.  Watch one below and check out the entire series here.

Last updated: November 28, 2016 at: 11:59 am

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