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Fun Fact: Are you the person  that texts and talks on your phone during a workout? You might want to leave it in your bag because research by Kent State University, Ohio, found that using your phone during exercise significantly lowers your workout intensity. Next time, Focus on your sweat session because there’s no positive links to using your phone, even if it claims to be smarter.

Sitting can be described as the new smoking because compelling research proves just how harmful it is to your back, posture, and calorie burn. Harvard Medical School linked too much sitting to heart disease, diabetes and even premature death.

Right Now- sitting cuts calorie-burn rate, and, if your diet isn’t on point, this could see you gaining weight. Also, sitting for 24 hours will dramatically reduce your glucose intake. A study by the University of Massachusetts found that the lack of insulin action caused by long periods of sitting can cause type 2 diabetes.

After Two Weeks- Being sedentary for 2 weeks could see a rise in blood pressure and insulin resistance, found a study by the American Heart Association. Even a short-term lack of physical activity could have detrimental metabolic and vascular consequences.

After One Year- The negative effects of sitting for a long period can creep up on you, with the most obvious being obesity, found a study done at the University of Queensland, Australia. But the same research also suggested that even regular moderate activity will have a positive impact on your waistline.

FIX IT

  1. Lunges- Ditch your chair and do some spontaneous lunges. A study in the IDEA Fitness Journal found your hip extensors and glutes switch off when you’re sat down. Lunges stretch out your hip flexors, open up your chest and awaken your cardiovascular system.
  2. Sit Swiss- Use a Swiss ball as a seat. A study in The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association found this tactic can relieve back pain. Plus, it recruits your abs more than a regular seat, thus burning more calories.
  3. Sit Stand- Sit-and-stand desks might protect your back, but they can cost an arm and a leg. Varidest is a cheaper option you stack your PC on, which can then be easily adjusted up and down, depending on whether you sit or stand.
  4. Fit Squeeze- Put a tennis ball between your knees, squeeze it for 5-10 seconds and then relax. Do this 3 times. This will help your Circulation from all that sitting and it’ll work your inner thighs, according to the Well Being Journal.

(article from Train Magazine)

Have a happy weekend,

Meg C.