Move it and Lose it!

Don’t just sit there!
Light activity helps avoid chronic disease according to research by the University of Queensland and the International Diabetes Institute published in Diabetes Care (Vol 30 No 6). The results not only confirm that a sedentary lifestyle is associated with high blood glucose levels, but show that washing dishes, ironing and other routine domestic or occupational tasks (light intensity physical activity) are associated with lower blood glucose levels. The researchers didn’t rely on what people said they did, they measured it. Although it is still important to do your 30 minutes a day of moderate-to-vigorous intensity activity, the findings show that there are real blood glucose benefits from reducing sedentary time and increasing the time spent on normal daily activities or basic chores. Lead researcher, Genevieve Healy, suggests that ‘folding clothes or ironing as you watch TV, standing while on the phone or walking to see an office colleague rather than emailing them, are simple and easy ways to do this.’


So if you are too busy, too tired, too rushed, too stressed, too hot, too cold to go to the gym or take a walk or do a regular exercise routine try putting out the garbage, making the bed, doing chores, walking to the bus stop, popping out for a coffee or bounding up the escalator in the mall. If you make a conscious effort to increase the amount of this kind of incidental activity in your day, it will eventually become second nature.

Chores are chores, so just read this list as a prompt.

And don’t just sit there.