June 11, 2010…..Get up from that chair right now and move around a bit!
I just read a very interesting article on CBC News Health (Canada) about the importance of taking some time to get up and move in the course of your day. Many of us are employed in occupations that necessitate that we sit for hours at a time. Even when we are at home, we may spend hours sitting as we read, watch TV, work/play on the computer, or just relax on the deck. Years ago, this was not the case. People worked at physical jobs, much of the chores around the house were not done with the aid of appliances/machines, there was no TV, no computer, no time or thought to relaxing on the deck. In the course of a day, people of the past naturally moved much more. The human body is designed to work most efficiently when moving. When I configure calorie requirements for a person with Met A, I use the Harris-Benedict equation. This formula takes into account a person’s gender, height, weight/desired weight, and age. This gives the calorie allotment for a body’s metabolic needs without movement. For those with a sedentary lifestyle, the figure 1.1 is used for activity. 1200 x 1.1 = 120 calories for activity. A person with moderate activity uses the figure 1.3 and uses an extra 240 calories/day to maintain their weight. Point being? The same person, just by moving moderately, can burn an extra 240 calories of food and maintain the same weight….think an egg white omelet with peppers, onions, tomatoes, plus a multigrain light english muffin with a sweep of whipped butter, and 1/2 cup blueberries mixed with some Greek yogurt…..just by moving moderately!
Take a look at the following article…..AFTER you get up, stretch, walk to the bathroom, walk to the refrigerator, and grab a glass of water. Oh, walk around the office a few times before you sit back down again! I am having a “writing” day today, and I’ve set the timer to go off every 30 minutes so I stand, stretch, walk around, and sip some water! Let’s do it…….. Diane