Why Incidental exercise?
Today, our ever-increasingly
sedentary lifestyle (i.e. sitting at a desk eating a box of Tim Tams) is resulting
in more time in front of the tele / computer and less out keeping active and healthy.
This is the main argument behind why obesity and other health related issues
are on the rise.
Now, we have cars, lawn mowers, ready meals and take out. We now have smaller amounts of time allocated to these activities and bigger buttocks as a result!
Whilst these items are super convenient they also require little to no effort to operate and the reality is we are not doing enough to replace this “incidental exercise” in order to keep us healthy and active.
The food we eat also has less of the
things our bodies need to keep healthy and more of the things that lined our
arteries and lead to ill-health and obesity.
î Lifts are for sissies: Instead of taking the lift or escalator, you can swap this by heading towards the star case. You can do this in the train station, at the office, at the shopping mall and wherever else you find yourself on an escalator.
î Change your journey to work: When travelling to work, swap standing at the nearest bus station and choose to walk to the next one. You can do this on the way home too and as times goes by perhaps walking to the third or even fourth bus stop and eventually if possible choose to walk to work. It will be better on your hips and your hip pocket!
î Love to walk: Take the kids / bub / dog / your lazy partner for a walk. Spending quality time with those you love in the outdoors is healthy and bonding. Plus pushing a pram can certainly pick up the heart beat! You can do this before work in the mornings or after dinner at night when it’s cooler.
î Prepare your lunch at work. If you have a kitchen at work, try to ensure you walk to the closest supermarket every day to top up on your veggies for your lunch. Perhaps do an extra circle around the block for good measure.
î Keep your home clean and tidy: Housework can burn a fair amount of kilojoules. Perhaps clean twice a week instead of once. You have the added bonus of having an extra sparkling home.
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