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Do you sit in an office chair or on your couch for more than six hours a day? Since childhood you’ve known being a couch potato is bad. But why? Simply put, our bodies weren’t made to sit all day. Sitting for long periods of time, even with exercise, has a negative effect on our health. What’s worse, many of us sit up to 15 hours a day. That means some of us spend the bulk of our waking moments on the couch, in an office chair, or in a car.
Sitting all day long isn’t hard to counteract, but you have to keep your eye on two details: your daily activity and the amount of time you sit. Let’s start by taking a look at what sitting all day does to your body.
Numerous studies have pointed to the health risks of sitting all day. To avoid the health risks, we need not just 30 minutes of daily exercise, but taking every opportunity to get up during the day.
Back Pain is a common musculoskeletal disorder affecting 80% of people at some point in their lives. It is the most common cause of job-related disability, a leading contributor to missed work, a price mankind has to pay for their upright posture.
Start slowly with a short stride and gradually up your pace and stride length during the first five minutes. If you suffer from stiff joints then do some leg lifts before you start – just lift your knee to hip height 10-15 times on each leg.
Simply slow down for the last five minutes of your walk And really, how hard is that?
Stay hydrated! If it’s a long walk , include a sports drink to replace electrolytes lost through sweat.
While your muscles are still warm, stretch out your calf and thigh muscles, and if you’ve been carrying a pack, stretch your back, too.
Freaked out by talk that ice baths boost recovery? Luckily, a warm bath is the best remedy after a walk. It boosts circulation which helps remove waste products from your muscles. So sink into those bubbles and relax. Save the ice for localised injuries – slap an icepack on the injured area to reduce swelling and boost healing.
There’s a 60-minute window after your walk when your muscles are screaming for refuelling. But resist those chips and opt for quick release carbohydrates and a bit of protein. A glucose drink and a sandwich are perfect.60 90 minutes later have a balanced meal of slow release carbohydrate, protein and fat – brown rice or pasta with oily fish is good.
Great for reducing muscle soreness and tension, but it should be done by a qualified professional to avoid injury.
Instead of lying flat groaning about your sore legs, go walking. Yes really. Otherwise known as active recovery, it frees up your muscles – so warm up, stroll for 30 minutes, and then stretch.
THE PERFECT RECOVERY
Stretch all major muscle groups immediately after your walk.
Have a drink/snack containing glucose and protein.
Sixty minutes later have a balanced meal.
Sixty minutes later have a warm bath.