Are You a Sedentary Athlete?

Even if you train regularly and hit your weekly exercise target, think about how you spend your non-training days. Sitting at a desk? Relaxing on the couch?

More and more research is suggesting that sedentary behavior can lessen some of the benefits you gain from exercise, even if you’re an elite athlete.

For example, it may encourage higher levels of body fat and discourage proper recovery. Some professionals call it sedentary athlete syndrome

The good news is that you can try some simple fixes, which focus on increasing your daily non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT).

Try one or more of these strategies:

  • Stand at regular intervals: Set a timer to stand for 2 minutes at a time, every 30 minutes

  • Stand during phone calls: Every time you answer a phone call, stand up and walk while speaking

  • Replace your office chair with a yoga ball. Perform 10 crunches, 3 times a day

  • Get a treadmill desk or under-desk elliptical: 15-20 minutes, once a day

  • Take an exercise microbreak: Set a timer for every 30 minutes and complete 5 push-ups or 5 squats or hold a plank for 60 seconds

  • Replace driving with walking or biking, if and when possible

Remember, small adjustments can make a big impact. Pick whichever strategies feel doable and start with those. As always, reach out to your Aperion Life expert if you’d like more guidance.

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