"Sitting is the new smoking" - Physiotherapy can help!

Written by Melanie

Come on East Gwillimbury, Newmarket, Bradford, Aurora let’s get active!

Physiotherapists are passionate about facilitating active lifestyles and better quality of life and health!  If you feel like pain or injury is holding you back from activity please contact our Physiotherapists.

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology recommends  activity guidelines dependent on your age in our region and country?

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) has developed these activity recommendations for all age ranges, including newborn babies all the way to individuals over 65!  

There is talk that “sitting is the new smoking”.

The research has shown that those individuals that sit at a desk during the day, and then relax in front of the tv at night are at a significant increase risk for heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Do you feel too busy to exercise?

I know, I know you probably already feel defeated, thinking that you just don’t have time to exercise and/or your job requires that you work at a desk.

Think about your current level of activity and now think about how you could increase it even a little bit.

Even a little increase in activity will decrease health risks!

Here are some ideas:

At the store:

Walk every aisle of the grocery store.

Take the long way to get to the item you are looking for.

Park in a parking spot that is far, or the farthest away from the entrance.

Get off the bus a stop early and walk the rest of the way, or park a block or two away from your work and walk.

Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

At home:

Stand, or dance during commercial breaks!

At work:

Take breaks every 20-30 minutes and walk around, or get up and get a drink of water, go to the bathroom, stretch etc.

Take a walk at lunch or on a break.