Did you know that our physical activity has decreased drastically over the last 40 years?
Since the 1960s, jobs that required moderate to heavy physical activity have decreased by an estimated 80%. Additionally, our workforce has become rapidly digitized and automated since the advent of robots and computers. With technology making hard labor a lot less common, sedentary jobs have increased 83% since 1950. According to the American Heart Association, more people are sitting behind a desk for 6 to 7 hours a day with little to no activity.
This lifestyle of comfort and growing physical inactivity has actually caused the incidence of chronic health conditions in America to be the only thing that is growing. When you combine the inactivity of an American work day with the time we spend traveling, sleeping, and wasting time on social media and the internet, it barely leaves any time left to move.
It is estimated that 20% of all deaths for people over 35 years old can be attributed to a lack of physical activity.
Set reminders to stand up every 30 minutes at your desk
Invest in a standing desk
Take phone calls outside and walk around at the same time
Spend free time being active instead of watching TV or playing video games
Take the stairs instead of using the elevator
Park further away from stores even if there are closer spots
Schedule physical activity like an appointment and keep it
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