Here is your 3rd installment of your resolutions for evolution!
6. Sit Less and Walk More, Work on Your Flexibility
On average, a U.S. adult spends 9 to 10 hours each day sitting, which is so much inactivity that even a 30 or 60-minute workout can’t counteract its effects. Your body is made to move around and be active the majority of the day, and significant negative changes occur when you spend the majority of the day sedentary instead.
Setting a goal of taking 10,000 steps a day (which is just over 5 miles) can go a long way toward getting more movement and less sitting into your life. This should be over and above any exercise regimen you may have.
In addition, stand up at work if you can, rather than sitting at your desk. Meanwhile, make it a point to gain flexibility, which will help keep you functional well into old age. Pilates and yoga are fantastic options to help increase your flexibility.
7. Get your Vitamin D!
It’s incredibly easy to boost your vitamin D levels, so there’s no reason to put your health at risk from low status, yet it is estimated that 50% of the general population is at risk of vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency. If you’re among them, your risk of multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and other chronic disorders may be significantly increased.
Dementia is also directly linked to vitamin D. Seniors who have low vitamin D levels may double their risk of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.
While sunlight is the ideal way to optimize your vitamin D, winter and working indoors prevent more than 90% of people from achieving ideal levels. The other option is by taking a vitamin D3 supplement.
**Stay tuned next week for the last installment of your resolutions for evolution!