Have You Become an Active Couch Potato?
By Sara Butler
It’s no surprise to learn that exercise is healthy while sitting around a lot is not. If you exercise regularly, you probably think you’ve got it covered, but you might not. It is possible to be a person who is active who also sits too much! And that person is called an active couch potato.
Say you work out four times a week for an hour each time. You exceed guidelines for exercise. But if you spend the rest of your time sitting at work, during your commute, and then when you get home in the evening, then you fit the criteria for an active couch potato. Here’s what you need to know to get yourself out of this category!
Sitting Too Much is Bad for You!
Many studies have shown the dangers of sitting too much, which include everything for a higher risk of premature death to musculoskeletal issues to a higher risk of diabetes. And these risks may be independent of how much exercise you get. That’s because several studies have also shown that sitting for 30-60 minutes at a time can put you at greater risk for poor health.
An avid exerciser who does 300 minutes per week of moderate exercise may not have to worry about increased health risks, but people who exercise moderately have shown to be at an increased risk for poor health outcomes due to sitting.
How to Sit Less
There are a few strategies you can use to sit less. When you’re at work, you should:
- Use a standing desk
- Set a reminder on your phone to take a break every 60 minutes to move
- Take public transportation so you have to walk to and from your office each day
When you’re at home, you should try to be active too. You don’t have to exercise necessarily, but you should endeavor to sit less. So, go ahead and catch up on your favorite show, but get up and do some squats or jumping jacks during each commercial break. Just walking in place for a few minutes each hour can help you to get out of the active couch potato category!
You can make a big impact on your health by simply moving more each day. If you need help or some fresh ideas, consult with the chiropractors at The Joint!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mansfield, Tex.