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You had a long day, you’ve been running errands and all you want to do is come home and chill out on your couch with some Netflix. This can be exactly what you need after a long day, but spending too much time on your couch is definitely not good for your health. A sedentary lifestyle not only contributes to diseases like diabetes and obesity, it also can take years off of your life. Use the following five tips to reduce your couch time and increase your health.
Play With Your Pets
For some pet owners, cuddling up with their cat or dog on the couch is one of the best parts of the day. You can still spend quality time with your pets, and reduce the amount of time spent on your couch, by actively playing with your cat or taking your dog for a walk. Walking the dog often doesn’t feel like exercise, but those walks around the block can add up. If it’s not nice enough to go outside, grab some toys and spend some time running around your home with your cat or dog to get some movement and have some fun.
Use Your Couch
Okay, so technically this tip still requires you to be on your couch, but you won’t be just lazing about. Watching TV is one of the ways that many Americans choose to unwind after a long day or a busy week, and that’s totally cool. However, all of the time spent just sitting around isn’t good for your health. Make TV time count by using your couch to do some exercises. Tricep dips are a great way to use your couch, watch your favorite shows and get some activity.
Clean Your House
Cleaning your house may not be your favorite thing to do, but it can be a great way to burn some extra calories. An intense cleaning session can burn up to 200 calories per hour, and you use your body in several different ways. Cleaning involves lifting, stretching, bending and walking, all of which help keep you in good physical shape. As an added bonus, clean surroundings are a great way to boost your mental health as well, as tidy surroundings decrease feelings of stress and anxiety.
Drink More Water
Drinking more water may sound like an odd way to spend less time on the couch, but this is a super sneaky way to get more movement in. The more water you drink, the more often you’ll need to use the bathroom and getting up and moving every hour can be really helpful. Some people try to take quick stretching or walking breaks every hour or so, but if you get engrossed in a show or you’re reading a great book, it can be easy to forget to get up and move. However, you definitely won’t be able to forget to go to the bathroom, so drinking more water can actually make you move more. For extra action, use the restroom that is farthest from where you’re sitting to get in some extra walking.
Grow a Garden
Who doesn’t love food fresh from the garden? Not only is gardening a great way to ensure that you have the freshest produce on hand, it is also a great way to take away from couch time. Like cleaning, gardening uses a bunch of different muscle groups and can burn quite a few calories. Additionally, spending time outdoors is great for your mental health as well as your physical health.
Vegging out on your couch is great – in moderation. Be sure to take breaks and spend time moving and using your body to avoid being stuck in a sedentary lifestyle. Get off the couch and get active to improve your health and help keep your body young.