Bad news for office workers and gym dodgers, we've all been told how bad inactivity is, but it turns out the prognosis is worse than we first thought.
Scary stats suggest that we're 60% more likely to die prematurely if we’re sitting down in the office for 8 hours every day. While previous advice from the World Health Organisation suggested that just under 30 minutes of physical exercise was enough to combat the effects of inactivity and sitting down all day, a new study conducted by Lancet, a UK medical journal, actually says that we need to do an hour of activity to give ourselves the best chance at a long and healthy life.
We all know we 'should' do more exercise and with scary stats like the above in the pulic domain, why don't we? As we discussed in our post about the most powerful and science backed hacks to ensure you get and most importantly stay active research has shown that is it reading stuff like this scary research and this 'should' mentally that is actually causing us to be in the cycle of failure. We start to exercise, not because we want to but because we are told we should be, but then lose motivation and eventually end up quitting. Research has shown focusing on the 'fun factor' will not only make you happier and enjoy exercise in that moment, you're also much more likey to stick to a healthy lifestyle.
So here are some awesome fun activities that our movers are doing right now - give them a try and remember, dont exercise because you feel you 'should' move, exercise in a way that makes you happy and that you look forward to.
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Rabble Games (play all your favourite games from your childhood!)
Also try and incorporate as much activity into your daily routine as possible, take the stairs rather than the lift, get off the bus or tube a couple of stops early and walk the rest of your way to work and get out and about during your lunch break. Even something as simple as offering to make a few more tea rounds for the office will help you move more (and will give you some brownie points with your colleagues!)