Your Sedentary Lifestyle Could Be Killing You: 4 Easy Ways To Get More Exercise

New research says so - here are some ways to exercise, without really exercising…


As you may or may not have noticed, over here at the ELLE offices we're a pretty sporty lot.


We realise that not all of us have enough time or money to have a superstar personal trainer, so we support each other to stay healthy in other ways, like our Run Club.

But, not all of us are into lunchtime sweating: some of us would rather get our endorphins from burgers than from burpees.

Unfortunately for us, there's terrifying new evidence that a desk job makes you 60% more likely to die earlier.


However, just one hour of exercise a day curbs some of the deadly effects of working 9 to 5.

That means a brisk walk to work is going to undo the harm of sedentary lifestyles, which researchers now claims kills more people than obesity and as much as smoking.

So, the lazier ladies in the ELLE offices have put together a list of 'non-exercise exercise' to help you get moving the easy way.

Forgo the Lift

There are so many health benefits to climbing the stairs.

It has been suggested two minutes of stair climbing is enough to stop average middle-age weight gain, five minutes more than that halves the risk of heart attacks and eight flights of stairs a day (that's only four up, four down people!) lowers average mortality risk by 33%.

Stair climbing is technically classed as 'vigorous' exercise, which means it's up there with burning more calories per minute than jogging.

Taking the stairs when you arrive and leave the office is a great way to get started and you can take it to the next level by just popping up and down the stairs in a break if you feel extra Serena Williams that day.

Sit and workout

Exercise balls are a really fun way to be constantly working your body whilst doing seemingly nothing.

The shape means your posture is forced to improve and you are constantly engaging your core to remain balanced.

You can't slump, lean or laze on the ball and, if you are so inclined, you can find very easy actual exercises to do whilst on it.

We'll just stick to sitting on it though.

Become a wanderer

This point may seem a bit 'duh' but walking is often overlooked as 'proper' exercise and that's probably where you're getting most of it in.

Think realistically about how you could squeeze in a little bit of extra strolling.

What about walking meetings? Take a stroll around the office block if you need to discuss something with a co-worker.

Could you get off the bus a stop earlier?

If you eat lunch out, maybe take a little detour.

30 minutes of walking reduces risks of strokes, helps you lose weight (or lets you eat more), tones and helps getting that hard-to-find Vitamin D we know you need!

Just don't sit!

So maybe you already take the stairs, maybe you're a seasoned hiker, maybe the exercise ball is child's play to you.

Maybe you want to take non-exercise exercise to the next level.

If so, the standing desk is for you.

Not for the faint-hearted, this desk will overhaul your entire day. Nipping the problem right in the bud.

If the problem is sitting, simply don't sit.

Turns out though, standing all day apparently isn't that good for you either so, taking the idea of everything in moderation, it looks like standing for a two hours is ideal, especially if you combine some little squats too.

Considering the risks at hand the solutions seem pretty easy, don't you?  

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