Great Job on Working Out for One Hour! What Are You Doing the Rest of the Day?
Spending that one hour in the gym and the rest of your day predominantly sitting can still be considered a sedentary lifestyle. Incidental physical activity refers to physical activity performed as a part of daily living, like walking or taking the stairs. Engaging in incidental physical activity throughout the day is important as it can help to reduce the risk of health conditions associated with sedentary behavior like cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.
To get moving, participate in active modes of transport, like riding your bike or walking to work or the store when you’re able to, park farther away and walk a longer distance, take the stairs instead of the elevator/escalator, take phone calls standing up or walking around the house/office, and schedule walking meetings. These small bouts of physical activity throughout the day add up and can have both immediate and long-term health benefits, as well as improving the quality of life.
Written by: Alyssa Bates, EXOS/Lustbader Center Intern