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Leading a sedentary lifestyle? 10 ways to stay physically active, as per ICMR guidelines

Published on May 18, 2024 12:27 PM IST
  • From using a standing desk to walking for 5-10 minutes every few hours, here's how to increase your physical activity on a busy schedule, as suggested by ICMR.
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To maintain your muscle mass and avoid accumulating fat and gaining weight, it's important to stay active during the day. If you have a sedentary job that doesn't allow much movement, here's what you can do. (Freepik) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on May 18, 2024 12:27 PM IST

To maintain your muscle mass and avoid accumulating fat and gaining weight, it's important to stay active during the day. If you have a sedentary job that doesn't allow much movement, here's what you can do. (Freepik)

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If you spend sitting for 9-10 hours daily, you must consider using a standing desk for work, or you may get up every half hour. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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If you spend sitting for 9-10 hours daily, you must consider using a standing desk for work, or you may get up every half hour. (Unsplash)

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Even short-duration physical activities can be quite effective in staying fit. Walk for 5-10 minutes every few hours to improve your step count. (Shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Even short-duration physical activities can be quite effective in staying fit. Walk for 5-10 minutes every few hours to improve your step count. (Shutterstock)

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Do not take phone calls while sitting, instead get up and start walking as you talk. You can do this both at workplace and home. (Freepik) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Do not take phone calls while sitting, instead get up and start walking as you talk. You can do this both at workplace and home. (Freepik)

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Use stairs instead of lift/elevator. This will make sure you remain physically active and your muscles get a workout too. (Freepik) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Use stairs instead of lift/elevator. This will make sure you remain physically active and your muscles get a workout too. (Freepik)

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Park vehicles away from the workplace and walk to your office. This will help you stay active.  (HT Photo) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Park vehicles away from the workplace and walk to your office. This will help you stay active.  (HT Photo)

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While watching TV, move around every few minutes or during commercial breaks. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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While watching TV, move around every few minutes or during commercial breaks. (Unsplash)

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Perform two to three weight-bearing exercises per week to delay age-related muscle loss. (shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Perform two to three weight-bearing exercises per week to delay age-related muscle loss. (shutterstock)

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Certain yoga postures (asanas) combined with breathing exercises are known to speed up the metabolism and help burn fat and facilitate weight loss. (Pixabay) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Certain yoga postures (asanas) combined with breathing exercises are known to speed up the metabolism and help burn fat and facilitate weight loss. (Pixabay)

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As you get up in the morning, do some simple yoga and stretches to keep your muscles active and joints flexible. (Gustavo Fring ) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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As you get up in the morning, do some simple yoga and stretches to keep your muscles active and joints flexible. (Gustavo Fring )

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Regular strength training with weights is necessary to maintain muscle mass and improve metabolism. Not using muscles causes muscle atrophy. (Freepik) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on May 18, 2024 12:27 PM IST

Regular strength training with weights is necessary to maintain muscle mass and improve metabolism. Not using muscles causes muscle atrophy. (Freepik)

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