sit less and move your as… ana

Sedentary lifestyles are killing us.
Sedentary‘ is defined as the act of sitting… sitting on the couch, sitting in the car, sitting at your desk, sitting to eat. ‘Sedentary’ does not mean ‘inactive’. ‘Inactive‘ is defined by an individual not meeting current recommendations for physical activity
Ayurveda, the sister-science to yoga, focuses on balanced, stable and nourishing routines. Ayurveda considers ‘sendentary time’ as “styana” (inefficiency, idleness, procrastination, dullness) and “alasya” (laziness, sloth). These contribute to distractions and obstacles on the path to connecting to one’s true nature and the ability to live a meaningful and purposeful life.
my snuggly couch potato... and, yes, he made himself THIS comfortable!

my snuggly couch potato getting his dose of sedentary time … and, yes, he made himself THIS comfortable!

The average Canadian adult spends 50 to 70 per cent of their daily lives sitting, and roughly another 30 per cent sleeping. Research published last fall by Dr. Wilmot (2012) makes it clear that sedentary behaviour is killing us by:

147% increased risk of heart attack or stroke; 112% increase in the risk of developing diabetes; 90% greater risk of dying from a cardiac event; and 49% greater risk of premature mortality.

Activity matters. It’s about moving during your day (“physical activity“) and planned bouts of effortful activity (“exercise“). CSEP recommends (ages 18-64) at least 150 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more. It is also beneficial to add muscle and bone strengthening activities using major muscle groups, at least 2 days per week … however, according to Statistics Canada, only 15% adults meet these minimum requirements.

Sedentary lifestyle in older age is especially risky. However, there is GOOD news. Changes to glucose and insulin cause by sitting can be offset by standing up and walking two minutes for every 20 minutes of sitting. Research has also demonstrated that brief behavioural intervention for older adults 65 years and older resulted in a three percent reduction in sitting time over a two-week period (Gardiner, J Am Prev Med, 2011).
… so what are you waiting for? get your as…ana off that chair and on your mat! much love.

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