What kind of an athlete are you? Unless you are a professional athlete who gets paid to train all day long, you may suffer from “sedentary athlete syndrome”.
The average recreational athlete today actually gets less activity than the non-athletes of the past. How can this be? Consider that most of us today move far less in our day-to-day lives than our parents and grandparents did. If you exercise regularly, yet have a desk job, commute by car, look at a screen in your free time, it’s likely that, even with the gym time you carve out, you may be more sedentary than previous generations who never exercised at all. Add to this the diets and the typical food consumption of our generation, and it’s easy to see how we may struggle with weight and health issues. Most people who consider themselves regular exercisers burn far fewer calories than they believe, eat more calories, and spend the majority of their days sitting.
How to avoid Sedentary Athlete Syndrome
Move More: Invest in a stand-up work station or get creative with boxes and find a way to stand up while working. Stand during meetings on phone calls and walk to your co-worker to talk. Get up every hour to do a few push-ups or jumping jacks.
Design an active commute: Bike to work, walk to work, walk to the next bus stop. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
Make social time active: Instead of going for drinks, dinner and happy hour take a walk, play tennis etc. Be creative and catch up with friends during some activity.
Drive less: Decide to give up your car a couple of days each week and commute, on foot or bike or mix public transit with self-propelled transit.