It is often assumed that with a healthy weight you reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes. But is that actually the case? Recent research has shown that a lack of exercise nullifies the positive effects of a healthy weight.
This means that with a healthy weight (BMI 20-24.9) and sedentary (inactive) lifestyle you have just as high a risk of cardiovascular disease as if you are overweight (BMI 25-29.9) with an active lifestyle. Fitness says more than BMI!
What can you do to exercise more?
For example, take the stairs more often instead of the elevator, after sitting for half an hour, stand or walk for 2 minutes, place the printer and trash can further away so that you have to walk there, stand and walk while calling, take a lunch walk, put the remote control of the television out of reach at home or take the bicycle as much as possible within your home town. As you can see, there are plenty of examples to get that extra bit of exercise. Especially now in this corona (Covid-19) period, it is even more important that you make sure you get your daily minimum movement. It has turned out that since March 15, we have started to move even less due to the many sitting at home, and we cannot (or less) undertake activities in our free time.
Make a list of things you could do to exercise more and plan these moments in your agenda or exercise calendar. The latter is important to do! We see that if you make appointments with yourself and schedule them in your calendar, they will be executed more often than if you don’t.