Get Moving : Risks of a Sedentary Lifestyle
Written by Jen Jones, Jul 8, 2018
I don’t know about you, but simply reading the definition of sedentary makes me want to get up and move! Unfortunately, for the majority of us, everything about the world we live in makes it all too easy to fall into a sedentary lifestyle. We sit and work in front of a computer for eight to ten hours a day. We sit - sometimes for hours depending on where you live (we see you L.A.) – on your commute. At home, we sit and help the kids with homework, binge watch Game of Thrones from the comfort of the sofa, or surf the internet – reading blogs about how we should be more active – on our smart phones.
What we likely aren’t thinking about in these moments is exactly how unhealthy all of this inactivity is for us. Below are just a few of the (very convincing) arguments for putting an end to a sedentary lifestyle:
- Sitting for 8 hours a day increases your risk for heart disease, cancer & diabetes by 40%
- Regular physical activity helps reduce the risk of cognitive decline. One study reported that there was a 50% reduction in the risk of dementia in older persons who maintained regular bouts of physical activity.
- Physical activity helps prevent insulin resistance, the underlying cause of type 2 diabetes. A recent study reported that for every 2 hours that a person watched TV, the risk of type 2 diabetes increased 14%.
- Prolonged sitting raises the risk of fatal heart problems by 64%
- After only 90 minutes of sitting, the metabolism slows dramatically.People who don't get regular physical activity are more likely to gain excess weight.
- People who are sedentary have the highest rate of heart attack. In the Nurses' Health Study, women who were physically active 3 hours or more per week (half an hour daily) cut their risk of heart attack in half.
- Stroke, affects approximately 730,000 people annually. Data from the Aerobics Research Center in Dallas, Texas, found that physically active men lowered their risk of stroke by two-thirds. And in the Nurses' Health Study, physically active women decreased their risk of stroke by 50%.
- Lack of physical activity increases the loss of lean muscle tissue, making activities of daily living much more difficult to perform.
- Bones, like muscles, require regular exercise to maintain their mineral content and strength. Bone loss progresses much faster in people who are physically inactive.
- People who don't perform regular physical activity are more likely to become depressed. Physical activity is a good way to reduce mood swings and helps a person maintain a sense of emotional well-being.
- People who get regular physical activity have a more efficient immune system, which helps ward off various disease and illnesses such as colds and the flu.
The hardest thing for many people is just getting started. If you have been inactive for a long time, you may need to start slowly and add more exercise gradually. Start by adding some activity to your work day. Setting an hourly reminder to get up and move, transitioning to a standing workstation, and buying a pedometer to track your steps are just a few ways to get started.
Using your lunch break to fit in a workout is another great way to boost your physical AND mental activity level. And if you think lunch time workouts can’t be done – think again. It’s proven that just 30 minutes of exercise increases your focusand mental acuity, so in addition to improving your health, a midday workout can also boost your productivity. We call that a win-win.
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