We have written articles about exercise over the past handful of months, and many people have commented that the information made a lot of sense. After further checking, we also have found that many people still have not changed their habits. That is, their habit of remaining sedentary.
Nobody disputes that exercise and physical activity benefits the human body, and that a sedentary lifestyle does the opposite. So why is it that people just can seem to move from the status quo, TV watching, relaxing lifestyle that they may have become accustomed to?
The majority of people diet and exercise to look better. I have always felt that was the wrong reason. Sure, we all want to look our best, but really, what is more important than your health, and why is it that improving or maintaining your health is way down there on the priority scale?
Here is some information to try on for size:
40% of Americans say they perform no leisure time physical activity at all.
We also know that 1 our of 3 children in America are obese. There is a strong link between TV watching and obesity.
Researchers estimated that physical inactivity accounts for 6% of the burden of heart disease, 7% of type 2 diabetes, 10% of breast cancer, and 10% of colon cancer. Inactivity also causes 9% of premature mortality.
There is a correlation between sitting and the chance of dying early.
Think about that for a minute. Dying early? Holy cow, how much more severe can you get than that, and yet people still love the couch potato lifestyle.
What’s it going to take to get you moving? I have some ideas…
- Get a dog. They love to walk and you will be busy following after them.
- Find an outdoor hobby. Hiking, kayaking, biking, golfing (without a cart).
- Join a group that does any of the above. Socializing helps.
- Put these activities into your calendar. Scheduling them works.
- Be logical. Prioritize your health over most everything else.
Number 5 makes so much sense. After all, what is there if you don’t have your health? Here is to your health and breaking the status quo. You will love your new lifestyle and guess what, you may fit into those jeans a little better as well.