Something we regularly hear from clients: “I’m working out every single day, and I just can’t seem to lose this weight.” Now more than ever, Americans sit more than they stand. In fact, the average American sits for 13hrs/day. As businesses continue to require more digital work (working on the computer, taking calls, etc.) it is imperative that we direct our attention to our total movement in the day. We sit in the car, we sit to eat, we sit at work, and we sit to relax... with all of this sitting, it’s asinine to believe that 1hr of fitness can undo the damage. Take this example: someone who is desk-bound for 8hrs/day burns approximately 300 calories while someone moving around, such as a waiter, burns 1300 calories during the same period. Our plateau in weight-loss isn’t going to be fixed by just adding an hour of extra exercise into our week— it’s going to be fixed by moving more in general. Start standing instead of sitting. Take frequent movement breaks, consider setting a movement timer to: go on a walk, do some squats, stretch, etc. Shift positions as much as possible. Park farther away. Track your steps and aim for 10,000+/day. Think: Trigger (parking your car) Response (park further away) Reward (more steps, more movement—feeling fit and having more energy) Don’t let the sitting behavior chip away the benefits of your efforts at the gym. Our bodies are built for movement. Fight against being sedentary and start moving👊🏼.
TRUTH BOMB #3: If you sit all day and workout for 1hr/day, you are still sedentary.