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The Inactive Athlete

Is it possible to be an athlete and yet be too inactive overall?  Yes!

I have had many clients who are athletes but find that their overall lifestyle has become sedentary.  Our society has, in general, been heading toward a more sedentary lifestyle.  For many people their jobs are often spent at a desk and computer for at least eight hours a day.  Research shows that vigorous exercise does not make up for an overall sedentary day.  Our bodies are designed to move!  Here are some quick tips to stay more active:

  • stand up at your desk every 15 minutes
  • walk around the office for one minute each hour (carry a clipboard, walk around and count the light bulbs…you will even look like you are working)
  • take the stairs at work
  • park farther away at work or the grocery store
  • incorporate strength training (such as bodyweight exercises) in your fitness routine:
    • do squats to reach down and empty the dishwasher
    • skip a step when going up stairs – turns your steps into lunges

Staying more active overall will help you to stay more flexible and stable (which help us avoid muscle tightness and soreness).  Move more; “live more!”

Helping you live more!™ 

The information in this column and on is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Jill Tiffany, CN, CPT. Jill encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.

Jill Tiffany runs a private practice in Baldwin, WI, as a Clinical Nutritionist and Certified Personal Trainer. She has been a health educator for over 20 years coaching high school athletics, teaching Physical Education, serving as a consultant for athletic teams, and implementing wellness plans for corporations. Jill is a nutrition and fitness writer for Midwest Events Magazine and; she also serves on the Health Advisory board for Supplement Spot™. More info:

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