Did you know that physical inactivity is associated with at least 8,000 deaths per year?
Physical inactivity is a major contributor to several diseases, including increasing the risk of developing certain cancers, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. it also accounts for 4 percent of the total disability adjusted life years (DALY's) and costs the health care $400 million per year. With over 50 percent of Australian adults not meeting the national guidelines of 150 minutes per week of exercise- thats close to 10 million Australians!
What can you do to limit time being sedentary?
Sit less: sitting disease is becoming more prominent and the negative effects of prolonged sitting are alarming. If you are sitting for long periods of time, especially at work, ensure that at least once every hour you get up and go for a short work, to break up long periods of sitting.
Less screen time: As much as a netflix marathon sounds like fun, again you are either sitting down or lying down for long periods. At the end of each episode or movie, get up and go for a walk.
Be active at work: Instead of parking your car closest to work, why not park further away and walk to the office? If you take public transport, why not walk to work instead of catching the bus? Instead of taking the lift, why not take the stairs? There are numerous ways you can increase your step count at work. Incidental exercise is one way to become more active without necessary taking time out of your life for exercise.
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