Waking up at 8 and then rushing to your work without proper healthy breakfast. Once at work, you stay put on your chair for long hours and are in a frenzy with activity. You binge on some fast food for lunch and evening snacks and of course many cups of tea. There is a party in the office for which you are invited and you drink a bit and nibble on the snacks. Reach home, change and sit in front of the TV watching the news. Have dinner and sleep. Does this describe a typical working day for you? If yes, you are living a sedentary lifestyle. Couch potato is what the person who indulges in sedentary lifestyle is called. Not a nice name, isn’t it?
Being more active physically
A lifestyle which involves no or very little physical activities is called sedentary lifestyle. So take charge of your lifestyle to make a few tweaks in it so that you are no longer the couch potato you once used to be. Can’t think how to involve physical activity? Well, for starters, you could play with your kids or help your wife in the house. You think that’s too much to ask after a long, tiring work day? Well, you might be sapped more so because of all the fatty snacks that you have had during the day. You could switch from fatty, unhealthy food options to something tasty and nutritious like fruit chat. Eating fruit will not only make you full but will also perk up your energy level. Another thing that you could change will be drinking tea and alcoholic beverages. Though, the two are fine when indulged in moderation once they cross the moderate limit it ceases to benefit and causes harm to your health. Instead, you could choose various other options to quench your thirst like a seasonal fruit juice, sugarcane juice, milkshakes, lemon juice, or plain water. Drinking one glass of water could also increase your energy level. Most of the time when you are feeling like binging on something it could be your body’s signal of asking for water. So before indulging drink a glass of water to ascertain whether the need to have snack was more because of thirst.
You might think we have gone far from our topic of increasing activity to eating habits, but I would like to assure you that we are right on track. I say this, because in order to increase activity you must feel more charged up and need to have energy and you can get this energy only by proper food. Another change which you could make is increasing your physical activity during the day. For example, you could take the stairs instead of taking the lift, or you could go to the canteen and have your lunch or snack, or you could make it a point to move after every hour of continuous sitting in a chair just a little stretching so that your body gets little movements.
Change your sedentary life today as an active life is the key to longevity of life! So to live longer be active.