Did you know that the average person sits for at least one-third of their day?
With sitting disease becoming more prominent, researchers has been looking into whether exercise can reverse the damaged caused by prolonged sitting.
New research from the University of Cambridge has found that one hour or more exercise per day can eliminate the negative health effects caused by sitting. They found that 60-75 minutes of moderate exercise daily eliminated the risk of early death. They also found that those who were physically inactive were 28-59 percent more likely to die earlier compared to those who are physically active.
One hour of exercise daily may seem a lot to some people, but it doesn’t have to be in one block. You can do 3x20 minute blocks, or even smaller blocks of 10 minutes. It’s a good option for those who are time limited. The study acknowledged that people may struggle to find the time, but any type of exercise is better than none.
If you’re struggling to find time in the day for exercise, why not take a short walk during your lunch break? Even taking 5 minutes out of your working day every hour just to walk up and down the hallway is beneficial- it gets you moving. Instead of emailing a colleague, why not walk to their office and talk to them? Even standing is more beneficial than sitting as it burns more calories.
The effects of prolong sitting include:
- Muscle pain- shortened, stiff and tight muscles especially in the neck and low back
- Fluid build up in the legs
- Doubles the risk of developing colon cancer
- Increases the risk of developing depression
- Increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes
- impaired blood flow
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