Been going to the gym, exercise class or walking the park to get your daily work out in? Well, good for you! Keep it up. But, if you are not seeing the changes you want to see, taking a look at your life outside the gym is a good place to start.
We live in a convenience society where our fingers do the walking. Drive-thru fast food & dry cleaning, curb side and home delivery for groceries and restaurant take out. Internet shopping for everything from household goods and books to clothes and electronics. You can sit in one spot and get any and every thing from right there. I know because I am a huge Amazon fan and anything I don’t think I can find I get on line. I know I am not alone because just this weekend when my sister-in-law was visiting she went on a 10 minute shopping spree right on her iPhone while relaxing in a chair. Guess we can add to the ‘couch potato’ the ‘thumb potato’ and the ‘mouse potato.’ That’s a whole lot of sitting.
If we are not careful, the gym or our daily workout might be the only time we move and for most of us that is not quite enough. Good news is that we don’t necessarily need to carve out more time for the workout. All you may need to do is Stand Up (more) and Eat (better)! In fact The Cooper Institute, where I did my Personal Training certification has launched a new campaign to help out. Did you know that you burn about 33% more calories when you stand? That’s what I call an easy solution.