As someone who spends a significant among of time at work sitting down at a desk (most of the hours of the day!), I try to pay attention to the signs that my body needs a bit of movement: aches and pains, tender muscles, feeling heavy.
And then while on a brief walk at lunchtime I remembered a video I saw a few years ago.
I’m going to spoil it for you now, but it’s still a great watch. It was made by Toronto doctor Dr. Evans (who I believe still works at St. Mike’s and thus alongside many SEIU Healthcare members) and the main point is: try to limit your sitting and sleeping to just 23.5 hours a day.
That means moving, or walking, for the remaining half hour. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but sometimes with our busy lives, we don’t fit this in. However if it all possible, we all should. According to Dr. Evans and the research he cites in the video, simply walking for 30 minutes a day could be the single best thing we can do for our health.
Being sedentary is bad for our health but just 30 minutes a day of movement improves our figures, our heart health, and even our memory and mental health. It really helps mitigate risk factors for chronic disease.
It’s free and easy to go at your own pace. Walking 30 minutes a day may be the best preventative health trick out there. Check out some more pointers from the Mayo Clinic.