Chronic inactivity is a significant risk in the modern world, as a lot of people have jobs that require them to sit at a desk all day. This only adds to our other inactive hours that we have while sleeping or watching TV.
Reducing chronic inactivity is even more critical than doing short exercise sessions. A 240,000-person study by the National Institutes of Health in the US found that adults who spend the most time seated have a 50 per cent higher mortality rate; even exercising for seven hours a week wasn't enough to reduce this!
Reasons to try and move more are many. Movement and light, not overly exertional movement and exercise help boost immune function, improve metabolic function as well a helping you feel and sleep better.
You may still be working from home. A potential benefit is the opportunity to move more during the day while away from an often more constrained office environment.
Some ways to move more indoors:
Some ways to move more outdoors:
If you are cocooning, the indoor options are best for you at the moment, but try and have the windows open and find places in the house where you can move while in daylight or even better, sunshine for added health benefits.
Take home message; being active is not enough if the rest of the time we are inactive. Keep moving!