Sitting is the New Smoking

Think of how often you do not move during the day. Most of us spend about a third of the day sleeping and another third of the day sitting. I bet you’re sitting right now reading this! Well, you’re not going to move much lying in bed, but you should make an effort to move if you’re sitting too long.

Interrupting prolonged sitting with periodic bouts of activity – either 15 reps of bodyweight squats (chair stand to calf raise) or two minutes of walking – was shown in a recent study to boost dietary amino acid utilization for muscle protein synthesis. That’s a good thing if you want to build muscle!

Chair squats are a great option when you can’t go for a walk.

Bottom Line: Interrupt prolonged sitting with a short “activity snack” every half an hour.

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