Newton’s First law of motion explains that a body at rest will remain at rest, and nothing shows that better than some of us spending a winter sitting in front of the TV. Once that remote’s in hand, the next show may look just as good as the last one. But now that it’s spring, it’s time to break that habit and get moving!
According to the American Diabetes Association, “sitting for long periods increases your risk for obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and early death.” Yet breaking up those periods with short bursts of activity can turn it around, making you stronger and healthier. In one study of type 2 diabetics, they found that 3 minutes of movement every half hour could improve their blood glucose levels.
So check out the list of ideas in their article below. You may want to set your alarm for every half hour, or perhaps some other reminder, like getting up during commercials, may do the trick. Anything that gets you out of your chair and moving your body will work: dance to some music, lift some weights (or substitutes like water bottles or cans), march in place with knees high, or just go up and down a flight of stairs. Even household chores, like vacuuming, putting dishes on those higher shelves, or making a bed can count for those 3 minutes. The goal is to find a variety of activities that move all parts of your body through the day and move enough to get your heart pumping.
So start using those 3-minute breaks to keep your body happy and healthy!