Why Exercise May Not Totally Combat a Sedentary Lifestyle

When we hear about solutions to a sedentary lifestyle, the answer that we usually get is that one simply needs to get up and exercise.  The only answer is usually to just hit the gym and stop being so sedentary.  However, there is a lot more to it.

Exercise is not the singular answer to a sedentary lifestyle; it is actually a very limited view of a much bigger problem.  A new study shows that, for those of us who do lead relatively sedentary lives, a few hours of exercise at the gym every week isn’t enough to maintain good health and a properly running circularity and respiratory system.

The reason for this is that when a man or a woman spends eight hours or more sitting down in a day and then only an hour a day exercising, the amount of time spent sitting still outweighs the exercise done.  People who have sedentary jobs who are in really good shape and are very healthy almost always are doing something else too to help them stay healthy.

Staying Healthy and Active

Listed below are just a few tips that you can apply to your day to day life to maintain a healthy body and mind while still keeping that sedentary job:

• Fidget while you work, as crazy as that sounds.  There is no straight scientific proof of this, but a lot of health professionals speculate that fidgeting might be what separates thin people from overweight people.  Fidgeting works the muscles and engages joints, and it actually burns calories too.

• Make your TV time active time too.  Do exercises during commercial breaks, even if you already hit the gym that day. Do things like jumping jacks, push-ups, crunches, and other fat-blasting moves during commercial breaks of your favorite shows or during a slow spot during your favorite movie.

• Make household chores a daily priority and make it a part of your routine. Cooking and cleaning not only burns calories and keeps you moving, but it might help you feel fitter too and it makes you happier about the state of your house too. Owners of tidy homes are more likely to be physically fit than those who live in messy environments, according to research done at Indiana University.

• Get a dog and go for walks!  Pet owners tend to be in better shape than non-pet owners, and that walk every single day that you take your dog on can make a big difference in your health too, plus it’s a great way to get out of the house and socialize and get some fresh air too.

There are lots of ways to stay in shape even if you do have a sedentary lifestyle.  The gym and good exercise is of course a must, but the above ideas can supplement that as well.

Erica D'Arcangelo is an Internet Marketing Expert and co-owner of Fresh, Healthy & Fit where she is a regular contributor. Erica has been active in the health and fitness industry through spinning, yoga, HITT training and much more over the last decade. She's a fitness enthusiast and has also helped others with healthy living through her own blog.