Too much sitting is bad for you. I know, your doctors and family have probably told you this. Sorry to be the bearer of annoying news, but it’s true. (Read more about it here.) The good news is that there are simple steps to help you to combat the results of the health issues accompanied with sitting. Movement is key. The experts say that 60 minutes of exercise daily is a good minimum, but how to do that when even 15 minutes is exhausting. Here are some tips to help you get moving.
If this is too much, take 5 or 10 minute walks to start. Do this more than 3 times per day and increase to higher amounts of time or a faster pace as you can. You will increase your endurance. You can start out at your pace, but don’t be afraid of pushing and walking at a brisk pace if your body allows. If you are concerned, talk with your doctor to get on a plan.
Stretch while sitting. PBS has had Sit and Be Fit on for decades. It gives even those with the lowest mobility to participate. Stretching is vital for proper blood flow to the muscles and organs in the body. When you think about it, roll your head gently from side to side or do arm curls just to get that movement. Stretching can also help alleviate achy tight muscle pain many of us suffer from.
Even during long Bingo playing sessions, don’t forget to take stretch and walk breaks to help you get your movement. Make it fun and invite a Bingo partner to step away from his or her Bingo equipment for a few minutes to take a walk in the fresh air.