Winter time means less sun. Less sun means less energy. Less energy means less physical activity. So how physically active are you currently? A study developed over the summer has shown that physical inactivity can be as detrimental to your health as smoking. Yes, smoking! According to the WHO, physical inactivity has been identified as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality causing an estimated 3.2 million deaths globally. This is why it is very important to be physically active everyday. Unfortunately, physical inactivity has become a global public health problem. It is believed that global urbanization has produced environmental factors that discourage participation in physical activity. We must remember that regular moderate physical activity such as walking, cycling, or participating in sports all have significant health benefits.
“Inactivity plays a role in almost every chronic disease there is.” – John P. Thyfault, PhD
“Every time you get up it gets better. Every time you sit down it gets worse.” – James Levine, MD, PhD
Are you seeking ways to be more physically active that wont take much effort and time out of your busy day? Take a look at these ten simple ways that you can become more physically active. Being physically active can also boost your energy and help break that winter lazy syndrome! Sure it may be too cold for some people to do outdoor activities, but you can always take a brisk walk inside the mall or play a dancing video game. There’s so much that you can do to avoid inactivity! Make it fun and enjoy the benefits!