FIVE were right when they told us to “keep on movin” because ”if ya gettin’ down” to “slam dunk da funk” then you’re more likely to be able to do so “until the time is through” (we’ll stop now – that’s more than enough FIVE song references for one blog post!)

It’s an old cliché – use it or lose it. But just how important is it to stay motivated and keep moving? The truth: more important than you think!

 

Let’s think about your daily routine – being honest, how many hours a day do you spend sitting down? Let’s say you have an hour’s commute – that’s two hours, then you might have a desk job for 8 hours which takes the total up to 10. Add on the eat dinner/veg out in front of the telly section that most of our days include and that’s probably taken you up to 13 or 14 hours sitting. In one day!

Recent studies have uncovered evidence that, as the years wear on, being inactive for the larger part of your day now, will massively reduce your ability to get around on foot when you’re older.

Prolonged sitting and TV watching is particularly harmful, especially when combined with low levels of total physical activity. It is possible that young bodies may recover from long periods of sitting with an hour at the gym, but that is less true of people in late-middle age.

It is now believed that sitting and watching TV for long periods, especially in the evening is one of the worst things you can do. Especially since the arrival of ‘binge-watching’ – previously you might have got up and moved around when a show ended, now it is possible to watch several hours without moving.

So what can we do about it? The answer is quite simple: allow yourself a minute or two’s break for every 30 minutes of screen-time.

If that is at work – go for a walk, go and make a drink or go and speak to a colleague in person rather than pinging them an e-mail.

 

If it’s when watching TV then jump up when a programme finishes and march on the spot, jump around, do some star jumps – anything you feel like for 1-2 minutes. Then you can sit back down and relax until the next break.

 

Making these small changes now could have a big impact on your mobility levels in later years. So go on – take FIVE’s advice and keep on movin’!