Aim to reduce sitting time as much as you can.
Being sedentary (i.e. sitting too much) is linked to a number of health risks, including weight gain, and an increased risk of disease. Even if you are meeting the guidelines for physical activity, your time spent sitting will still negatively impact your health, and extra physical activity is required to offset these impacts!
Instead of sitting down after a meal, go for a walk around the block - this will help improve blood sugar control!
How to move more often
Here are our top tips to break up sedentary time:
Switch up or switch off
Break up periods of sitting or standing still with small bursts of physical activity. For example, take the opportunity to get up and move during ad breaks or between episodes of your favourite show. Take the bin out, do the dishes or try one of our mini workouts! You could also try standing or walking around during phone calls.
To reduce sitting time consider restricting the number of hours that you spend at home each day on the TV or computer. Go for a walk, start a vegie garden or spend time kicking a footy with the kids instead.
Change how you socialise
Instead of catching up with friends over coffee or a movie why not try something active instead? Going for a walk around the local park (you could even have a go on some of the free fitness equipment), indoor rock climbing or bike riding are all great options!
Stand and work
Adjustable work stations can be great for breaking up prolonged periods of sitting. But don't just stand still! You need to take the opportunity to move around or do some stretches or exercises while you're standing.
Did you know that doing more physical activity can partially offset the health risks of too much sitting? While any amount of physical activity is better than none, research suggests that doing at least 60 minutes of moderate-intensity or 30 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity each day is ideal.