Do You Suffer from Active Couch Potato Syndrome?

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  • You get the recommended 150 minute of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per week by exercising in your leisure time.
  • After getting your exercise in (awesome job!), you enjoy lounging and watching your favourite TV show. Just one episode… or two… maybe five…
  • You spend the majority of your day sitting.

If this sounds like you, then you are likely spending too much time being sedentary. Sedentary behaviour refers to a sitting or lounging state… like sitting in a car on your way to work, sitting in meetings, or watching TV on the couch for an extended amount of time. If you’re like me, maybe you scroll through Facebook/Instagram/Snapchat on your smartphone for wayyyyy too long. It’s hard to resist!

The truth is, even if you are physically active, being sedentary is still detrimental to your health. Working out doesn’t offset the consequences of sitting all day. I know I’m guilty of excessive sedentary behaviour. I spend every day promoting physical activity… often from behind a computer screen. The irony is not lost on me.

Luckily, there are easy ways to combat Active Couch Potato Syndrome! Here are some tips I find work really well to break up sedentary behaviour throughout the day:

  • If you work at a computer, set a desktop timer to remind you to move every hour.
  • Plan a walking or standing meeting.
  • Take an active coffee break – go for a brisk walk with coworkers instead of sitting.
  • Take a brisk 10 minute walk on your lunch break and then another after supper.

It can be hard to change habits, but try some of these tips and see if they work for you! A little goes a long way when it comes to better health.

If you need some extra motivation, the TBDHU is challenging worksites to follow along with our “12 days of Sit Less Challenge” in December for a chance to win a great prize! If you and your workplace are interested in participating, send me an email and I’ll give you the details!

It’s time to take a stand against sedentary behaviour! Are you in?

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