Has sitting become the new smoking in your life?


This is the second article in my new Blog series called Your Exercise GPA. Today we will discuss Baseline exercise, which includes all the unplanned activities of normal daily life from when we get up in the morning to when we go to sleep at night. It includes activities like walking, standing, sitting, housework and lifting light objects but excludes planned exercise.

We do far less baseline exercise today than we have in the past; think remote controls, fast food drive-thrus, online shopping, computer games and there is growing evidence that: Sitting Has Become the New Smoking!

There is a negative correlation between the amount of time you spend sitting every day and your health. The more you sit, the worse your health, and this applies even if you do a lot of planned exercise. A recent study reported that people spend an average of sixty-four hours a week sitting, which is more than nine hours a day.

I am sure the significance of this development is not lost on you and it emphasizes the importance of making baseline exercise a high priority in your life.

Your Baseline GPA

Give yourself the following GPA score:

4.0 – You are physically active throughout the day and you don’t sit for long periods.
3.0 – You proactively move during the day and seek to reduce your sitting time.
2.0 – You sit a lot —  9/10 hours a day but you make some efforts to move when you can.
1.0 – You move very little and you sit a lot.

How To Improve Your Baseline GPA

  • Increase the amount of walking you do at work during breaks.
  • Drink plenty of water, which is good for you and will mean more trips to the bathroom.
  • Stand instead of sitting, especially when talking on the phone.
  • Walk or cycle instead of driving if you can.
  • Take the stairs whenever you can.
  • Try to measure your daily Baseline Exercise using a pedometer or a tracking device like Fitbit.

In the next article/video in this series we will discuss Aerobic exercise. We will identify your Aerobic GPA and I will give you some tips on how to improve your score. To make sure you receive this blog, you can subscribe below.

Until the next time remember my motto:

You don’t have to be fit to start, but you do have to start to be fit and healthy.

By Jim Kirwan

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