How much do you sit in a day?

(Photograph: Shutterstock/Andrii Khriakov)

Probably more than you realise, because the average Aussie sits on their butt for more than 6 hours per day.

The problem with that level is that it leads to cancer, obesity, heart disease, diabetes and depression. (Note that one of the generally agreed techniques for reducing depression is exercise). We whinge we don’t have time to do exercise or go to a gym (even though we can always fit in Netflix).

Do what the Blue Zone people do (the ones who regularly live longer than 100+ and who avoid many Western diseases) – build exercise into what you do:

  • Incidental walking somewhere – work, the shops
  • Climbing stairs
  • Carrying stuff (eg the groceries)
  • Cleaning the car
  • Hanging out washing
  • Cleaning the house
  • Gardening
  • Marching on the spot while watching TV
  • Enrol a buddy into taking part in some form of exercise

In short – MOVE!