Are You A Sedentary Athlete?
What kind of an athlete are you? Unless you are a professional athlete who gets paid to train all day long, you may be considered a "sedentary athlete." The average recreational athlete today actually engages in less activity than the non-athletes of the past. How can this be? Consider that most of us today move far less in our day-to-day lives than our parents and grandparents did even though they probably never went to the gym, had a personal trainer or took Crossfit classes.
The average "sedentary athlete" of today may be training and doing more intense workouts, but outside of time at the gym, they may move very little during a regular day, as compared to previous generations. If your typical day consists of driving to work, sitting at a desk, driving to the gym, exercising an hour, driving home and sitting in front of a screen, you are likely living a sedentary lifestyle.
Statistics show that the average person sits a whopping seven to nine hours a day. Other studies show that, even if you are fit, or exercise an hour a day, long periods of inactivity and sitting are bad for your health. The more a person sits, the higher the risk of a variety of ailments and even early death. So even if you exercise regularly, it's important to find ways to simply move more each day.
Five Tips for "Sedentary Athletes"
1. Move More Each Day: Invest in a stand-up workstation or simply get creative with boxes, books and a counter top. Find a way to stand up while working on the computer. Stand during meetings, on phone calls or walk to your co-workers to talk rather than email or messaging them. Invite people to walking meetings. Get up every hour to do a few push ups, jumping jacks or a stretch routine. Get creative and just get up more often.
2. Design an Active Commute: Bike to work, walk to work, park farther away, walk to the next bus stop. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
3. Make Social Time Active: Instead of going for drinks, dinner and happy hour with friends, take a walk, play tennis, play Frisbee, go dancing. Be creative and catch up with friends during some activity rather than while just sitting.
4. Do More Chores Manually: Get a push mower, rake, broom, and shovel and hang up all your gas and electric-powdered yard and house tools.
5. Drive Less: Decide to give up your car a couple of days each week and commute. Run errands and visit friends on foot, or bike, or mix public transit with self-propelled transit.
Elizabeth Quinn Sports Medicine Expert
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