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Is Sitting the New Smoking? 4 Ways to Be More Active

Is Sitting the New Smoking? 4 Ways to Be More Active

Researchers have found Americans have been becoming increasingly sedentary. In 2016, between the time spent driving, sitting at work, and watching TV at home,  Americans averaged 6.4 hours daily of being sedentary. Too much sitting can have serious consequences on your health as your muscles can lose strength and can also impact your bone structure. If you tend to live a sedentary life, you may want to talk to your physical therapist. According to the Mayo Clinic, it is recommended for adults to get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week. So, how is your activity level compared to the average American? If you are interested in being more active, here are some quick tips that you can incorporate into your daily life.

1. Skip the elevator and take the stairs

One easy way to increase your activity level is to use the stairs whenever possible. Another option is to try parking further away from your destination. 

2. Choose to be active with friends

Instead of meeting your friends for dinner or coffee, try to catch up by doing activities together instead. Whether it’s a night out dancing or going on a walk around the park, it’s easy to find ways to move with your friends. Now that it’s summer in Sacramento, you can also go kayaking, swimming, or just explore Folsom Lake for the day.

3. Take a walk

Walks are a great way to unwind after work or dinner. To help keep track of your activity, you can use a pedometer to count your steps. Many phones also have apps that count your steps as well. Try to slowly work your way to completing 10,000 steps per day! Another great part about going on walks is inviting the family to join.

4. Make a plan

When it comes to the weekends, how are you spending your time? One way to increase your overall activity is by planning ahead. Aim to plan a couple of days per month ones filled with fun physical activity. For example, you can plan to rent Jump bikes and explore Midtown Sacramento with your family. Or, walk the Johnny Cash Trail one Sunday with friends. By planning ahead, especially with friends, you will be more likely to follow through with your workout goals. It can also be something you look forward too, which will start to make it easier to be excited about being active!

Talk to your physical therapist

Sometimes, people are unable to complete the physical activities they love due to either chronic or acute pain. If this is the case, physical therapy may be able to help you recover to get back to what you love. By improving mobility and motion, your body can get back to pain-free movement. When this happens, your whole quality of life can improve!

Looking for a physical therapist in the Sacramento region? 

Our expert physical therapists are here to help you recover so you can get back to what you love. Our physical therapy clinics are located in Roseville, Folsom, Sacramento, and also Rancho Cordova. Call us today to learn more about our physical therapy services

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