Standing up makes you fitter – it’s official

Very interested to hear the item on the radio this morning which said that:

  • the UK is the least fit nation in the whole world
  • you can improve your fitness just by standing up rather than sitting.

The point about standing is that you use many small muscles that aren’t in action when you sit, so they all get stronger. Stand to do as many activities as you can, and you’ll be the better for it. Walk even the last step or two of an escalator, and your health will improve.

This all chimes very well with the subject matter of my Kindle book on walking for pleasure, as my main point is that if people who are unfit can start with just a short stroll every day, choosing a place or reason to walk that will be of interest to them, then they are already on the path to a healthier and more interesting life. Diabetes, heart disease and cancer are all long-term conditions that affect those with fitness and weight problems, so anything people can do to get more active is worth while. And if you enjoy what you are doing, you are more likely to keep doing it! 

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