Risky behaviour tends to make us think of activities like skydiving, speeding or substance abuse. For most of us though, our riskiest behaviour is our sedentary lifestyle.
A sedentary lifestyle involves little physical activity – think driving to work, sitting at a desk, driving home and sitting on the sofa. A sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of many health conditions including heart disease.
The trick to breaking out of a sedentary lifestyle is to build incidental activity into each day. Try:
- Taking the stairs not the lift
- Getting off the tram a few stops earlier and walking the rest of the way
- Using a standing desk
- Standing up for phone calls
- Meeting friends for a walk rather than at a cafe
- Using a fitness tracker or pedometer to measure daily steps
- Walking instead of driving for short journeys.
What will you implement?
This article is for reference purposes only – it is not designed to be, nor should it be regarded, as professional medical advice. Please consult your own medical practitioner for health advice specific to your condition.