Moving toward an active lifestyle

  • The first step toward an active lifestyle is to become aware of this force that is driving us to inactivity.
  • We likely engage in physical activity only when it is fun or necessary. To promote physical activity, make it pleasant by restructuring your environment to favour it, especially during your daily trips.
  • The architecture of new buildings should also encourage physical activity by prioritizing access to stairs, or standing desks, etc.

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To understand the conflict between our good intentions and our contrary impulses, we can look at the dual process model. Our behavior are divided into two categories:

  • The rational mechanisms, managed by the reflective system.
  • The emotional mechanisms, managed by the impulsive system.

The impulsive system can facilitate or prevent the reflective system from putting our intentions into place.

The attraction toward sedentary can be viewed in light of evolution. When it was challenging to gain access to food, minimizing effort allowed for the saving of energy that was crucial for survival.

This tendency could explain the current pandemic of physical inactivity since genes allowing individuals to survive are likely to be present in the next generation.

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The Relationship Between Sedentary Behavior and Subjective Well-Being
  1. Those who are excessively sedentary were correlated to having poor hedonic well-beings;
  2. There are different contexts of sitting in which yield varying feelings and judgments in regards to one's subjective well-being -- such as when one sits to watch TV carries different associations as to when one sits to socialize;
  3. Lastly, how much an individual sits relative to how much they usually sit places a greater impact on their well-being rather than the total amount of sitting.
Technology as the Culprit

Technological breakthroughs have reduced our activity to a great extent ( vacuum cleaners, washer-dryers, self-cleaning ovens, and even cars).

The rise of the internet gave us a whole lot of technology, curbing our need to move even more.

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