Relaxing and lounging can be a great way to unwind, but have you taken your chill too far?
The Doctors detail signs your life is too sedentary and share how your health and body might be telling you to move more. According to health experts, sitting for too long can lead to a slew of health issues like an increase in someone's weight, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol levels.
Additionally, Real Simple notes that "the general recommendation is to reduce prolonged sedentary behavior to no more than 60 minutes" and for every hour of not moving to make sure you move for at least 3 to 6 minutes.
Signs you are not moving enough during your day include:
- Not getting 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week or 75 to 150 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity per week in addition to 2 days of strength training, which the World Health Organization recommends. (Try these 3 fitness moves that can be done in 10 minutes to help get fit)
- Spending more than half of your waking hours being inactive. Let's say you sleep for around 8 hours, that leaves you with around 16 hours of the day awake -- and if half of that time is spent not moving, health experts urge you to find a way to change that. (Maybe try an at-home workout or get our tips on how to create a better and more health-conscious at-home workspace)
- If you are feeling excess or persistent fatigue, this could be related to being sedentary. (In addition to being more active, try eating these 3 foods, which can boost your energy levels)
- Noticeable changes in your weight can be a sign of lower metabolism, which is connected to how often you stay active. (Looking to lose some of your quarantine weight? Start here!)
- Feeling winded often or having trouble catching your breath from minimal exertion. If you are having this issue, experts say to start with just being active for 10 minutes every other day and work up to 30 minutes of moderate exercise 5 days a week, which can provide you with significant health benefits. (Check out this workout that can be done from anywhere!)
- Not getting enough quality sleep can be a sign you are not being active enough. You should aim for 7 to 9 hours of sleep, which can help you avoid feeling drowsy during the day. (Get more tips on how to improve your sleep from The Doctors)
- Feeling depressed, down or blue could be a sign you are being too sedentary. (In addition to staying active, which can boost your feel-good serotonin levels, consider meditating or a mindfulness exercise to help center yourself and reduce stress levels)
- Experiencing memory issues can also be linked to not moving enough. (Learn about the essential daily habits to keep your brain young and healthy)
If you want to get more active in the new year, we're here to help with workouts, exercises, and fitness ideas on how to jumpstart your health.