Don’t Sit and Stay Fit

Sitting, as much as we love it, is bad for us. As students, on average we probably sit around five hours a day, and that’s only for classes. Think about how long you sit as you do work at night, creep on Facebook, watch your favorite shows on Hulu and movies on Netflix. Yeah, that’s a lot of sitting in a day. Studies show that sitting for more than three hours a day can cut, two years — yes, two whole years — off your life!

Too much sitting causes electrical activity in the muscles to drop, resulting in a series of harmful metabolic effects. When sitting you only burn one calorie per minute, a third of what you would if you walking. The effectiveness of insulin drops within a single day, raising your risk of Type II diabetes. This also raises your risk of gaining weight, especially in the abdominal area. Lastly, the enzymes that break down lipids and tryglycerides which rid fat from the bloodstream plunge, causing your levels of good cholesterol, or HDL, to fall.

Thus sitting makes you more susceptible to gaining weight, becoming sick, and feeling weak. Here are some ways to prevent this from happening to you.

Well we can’t skip classes, as much as we’d like to. Luckily, most classes aren’t in the same area, which makes us walk. As for the home life, stay up and active. Try to spend at least 5-10 minutes each hour moving, if not more.

• Stand and eat dinner.
• Stretch after completing some work.
• Drink from smaller cups so you have to get up and refill them often.
• Take in less groceries so you have to make more trips to the car.
• Walk around during TV commercial breaks.
• Have more sex with your partner.
• Avoid the convenience of things: Walk into a restaurant instead of going through the drive-thru, go get food instead of having it delivered, choose the stairs over the elevator, and so on.

It’s not a matter of how much you do when you exercise, it’s a matter of how often. So an hour daily at the gym isn’t good enough. Follow these tips and stay fit, strong, and energetic, and overall feel better about yourself!

By Aisling Williams

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