There has been and still is, a lot of research being conducted about healthy aging. When it comes to chairs, the research findings suggest they should be left empty as much as possible. In other words, it’s better to be up and moving around than sitting in a chair.
Even though we’ve known for a long time that good health requires regular exercise, it also means less sitting. The more a person sits, the higher the risks of diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and others.
It’s more than just exercising
Doctors Richard and Sara Rosenkrantz who are professors at Kansas State University concluded that people should be reducing the time they spend sitting. This is in addition to increasing their physical activity through walking and other means. For good health and healthy aging into the older years, a combination of doing more exercise as well as less sitting is the key.
When bodies are sitting a lot, their metabolism slows down. Even if you can just get up and walk around every 30 minutes or so, it breaks up this slow-down process and helps speed things back up again. Moving around boosts your metabolism as well as keeps your lymph system in good working order, helping your body to fight off infection.
Tips to get less sitting time
In order to change your normal habits and try to get less sitting time for both you and your elderly loved one, you will have to have a plan in mind. Start examining your normal routine and see where you do the most sitting. Is it possible to break up the sitting time into smaller segments and do some activities in between?
Here are some tips for you to get started:
- Get up from the computer every half hour and walk around briskly for 10 minutes
- If watching a TV show, get up during every commercial break and walk around
- When you park to go shopping, purposefully choose a parking spot that’s as far away from the doors as possible
- Switch up your office chair for an exercise ball so your muscles have to work to keep you centered on the ball
- Stretch and move your legs while sitting if you can’t get up and leave your workstation
- Take up yoga and do some yoga poses while sitting
A home care provider for your elderly loved one can help her to get more physical activity and encourage her to get up and move around to break up long periods of sitting. They can accompany her to an exercise class, go on an outdoor walk with her, or take her to the mall to walk when the heat is unbearable outside.
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