Sit Less and Move More?
By Kim Nicholls, Recreation Therapist
How much more do I have to move to improve my health? That is a great question with a super simple answer. We aren’t talking about a huge time commitment or a huge change in your lifestyle. All we need to do as adults is sit less and move more. Sounds too simple to be true right? The Conference Board of Canada has released a report that says that if just 10% of Canadian adults sat less and moved more we would see a $2.6 billion reduction in health care costs and inject $7.5 billion into the Canadian economy by the year 2040. That’s billions of dollars from one simple change!
The study also shows some other amazing results—with Canadian adults sitting less and moving more we would see the incidence of debilitating chronic diseases significantly reduce over the next 25 years. Such as 220,000 fewer cases of hypertension/high blood pressure, 170,000 fewer cases of heart disease and 31,000 fewer cases of cancer. All this from simply sitting less and moving more!
The focus is on being more active than we currently are—and that’s something we can all do! Simple things like parking farther away from the store, walking to do our errands, using the stairs instead of the elevator, moving around while we watch television are small adjustments that can have a huge impact on our health.
So, what do you think? Are there some small changes YOU could make for the sake of your health? Do you think you can do it? I do. Let’s make a pact right now to commit to sitting less and moving more. It’s simple, but as the study shows its super effective. Spread the word, spread the enthusiasm–let’s start moving more and sitting less!
Why wouldn’t we do it?