Our sedentary work lifestyle is part of the reason Americans have packed on so many pounds over the past 30 years. Some stats that bear witness to the problem:
• 8 hours: Average time a U.S. adult spends in front of screens every day. Inactivity outside of work paired with computer time during the workday makes an unhealthy combination.
Solution: You may not have control over the time you spend on-screen at work, but you can limit the amount of television you watch.
• 100 hours: The amount of time the average employee spends every year driving to and from work. That means less time for being physically active.
Solution: Look for ways to integrate movement into your workday. Choose the parking spot farthest from your office door. Take the stairs. Get up from your desk every hour for a brief walk.
• 36%: The increase in surface area of the average dinner plate since 1960. As a result, portions can look dwarfed, and we tend to serve ourselves larger portions.
Solution: Use a smaller plate.
• 33%: The portion of calories an average American consumes in restaurants. That’s double what it was 30 years ago. According to obesity experts, the more you eat out, the more likely you are to be fat.
Solution: Pack a lunch from home occasionally, or opt for a restaurant salad with a low-calorie dressing.
Source: Orlando Sentinel.
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