admin - September 24, 2010
Two new studies show that the more time you spend sitting, the more likely you are to have serious disease and die early. Read this article on Cleveland.com by Brie Zeltner.
Sounds like a no-brainer, but here’s the rub – this is true even if you are a regular exerciser.
Yes, regardless of how much you spend working out, you are at risk. Regardless of the miles logged, the minutes toiled, the weights lifted, if you sit the rest of the day, you are on the losing side (and not in the good way).
The studies, completed in Canada and in the United States, both found the same thing. Physically active people who spend a lot of time sitting are at-risk for premature death. There is just something about all that sitting.
These studies strike fear in my heart. I am physically active. I swam 40 minutes yesterday. But I sit a lot. My job calls for me to be at the computer or on the phone all the time, so sitting is just part of the game.
I asked Dr. Manganaro, Chief Medical Officer, for some advice.
Just get up out of your chair at your office and walk more. Small things add up, such as:
- Walk 10 minutes before you eat lunch, then walk 10 minutes after.
- Park farther from your office building and walk to the building and then take the stairs.
- Walk to see your colleague. Don’t just email.
- Stand when you are on the phone.
- Wear a pedometer and try to get to 10,000 steps a day.
I remember when I moved from my old office to a home office that I lost weight without trying. I realized then that the major difference is that I simply walked more. I walked out to get the paper. I ran up and down my stairs. I walked across the street to see a neighbor. My regular baseline exercise was increased, even without a minute more spent in the gym. So my personal experience tells me that this research is right. Let’s stand up, America. Get walking!
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