3 Self-Care Activities That Will Overcome Sedentary Living

 

Whether you are completely stagnant all day or cram in extensive workouts before or after long bouts of sitting, here’s why it’s healthier to incorporate a more moderate approach to moving more in your self-care routine.  

A sedentary lifestyle is one in which you spend the majority of your time (not including sleep hours) sitting down. 

In America, people spend upwards of 90% of their time sitting inside and that bad habit alone is responsible for over 3 million deaths annually.¹ Sitting for too long, therefore, is a silent killer.  

The typical daily routine consists of driving or sitting on the train to and from work, sitting in your chair all day in the office, then returning home to sit on the couch and watch television until it is time for bed. 

What’s alarming is that even if you are an avid exerciser and manage to squeeze in a workout on most days, if you sit for long periods of time the rest of the day your workouts aren’t enough to alleviate the dangers.² 

Those dangers include everything from chronic disease to mental illness. While the benefits of moving regularly are broad-sweeping: weight control, reduced risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease, improved mental health, and so on. 

Whether you are completely stagnant all day or cram in extensive workouts before or after long bouts of sitting, it’s actually healthier to adopt a more moderate approach to moving more. 

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3 WAYS TO ADD MOVEMENT TO YOUR SELF-CARE ROUTINE

First, you need a minimum of 20 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per day (150 minutes per week)³

Second, you should ideally incorporate a good mix of strength, stretch, and cardio.³

Third, you should break up every 30 minutes of sitting by taking a break, standing up, and moving around for at least 5 minutes.⁴ 

These research-backed recommendations are actually easy and quite reasonable and shun the notion that you need to engage in extreme sports or extensive workout regimens to be healthy. 

Knowing that you don’t have to completely disrupt your self-care routine should be a relief, so there’s no excuse not to start overcoming your sedentary lifestyle today. 
 

  1. According to sedentary living research summarized by Dr. Axe
  2. According to expert opinion and studies reported by CNN
  3. According to the U.S. government’s physical activity guidelines
  4. According to expert opinion and studies reported by CNN 

 

The Self-Care Challenge is a minimalist but robust health and wellness program designed with busy individuals in mind. The program focuses on making small lifestyle changes that yield significant improvements in your sense of well-being. 

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