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Fitness and motivation / August 18, 2016

What You Can Do For An Hour, To Keep You Living Longer

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.   

 

Bath and Bristol


Stand Up Paddleboarding

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Pole Fitness

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AirHop

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London

Climbing

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Jiu Jitsu

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Rabble Games (play all your favourite games from your childhood!)

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Leeds

Hot Charleston

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Meditation and Self Defence

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Ballet

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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!)  

 

Tags: Fitness and motivation

Laura

Written by Laura

After 3 years of excess at uni took a serious toll on my waistline and wellbeing, I found that a love for strength training, HIIT and spin classes were key to keeping me healthy and happy. I'm at the forefront of finding out and creating awesome stuff about health, fitness and happiness for our Movers and when I'm not at work I love nothing more than pizza and prosecco in the sun with friends. What motivates me? Knowing that life is short...

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