What are the biggest health risks of sitting?
Not moving! A body at rest can lead to serious health problems like obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and even heart disease and stroke.
Sitting has been called the new smoking. Can it really be compared to smoking?
The cumulative damage of sitting for prolonged periods of time, over several years, can be equated to the negative health consequences of smoking. Sitting, like smoking, can be correlated with negative health outcomes in every organ system from our heads (depression, stroke) down to our toes (blood clots, nerve problems) and even our skin (fungal infections, pressure sores).
Does sitting all day erase the benefits of exercise as one recent study suggested?
The study, published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, found that sitting for more than 13 hours a day may negate the benefits of exercise, which makes me reconsider the concept that a little gym time will be the antidote to our modern sedentary lifestyles. It really suggests that some continuous movement, like getting up often and walking around for a few minutes, may be healthier for how our bodies need to optimally function.
Are there simple ways to add more movement to your day?
I recommend getting up once an hour, walking around for at least five minutes, doing some light stretching, and introduce some type of resistance exercise throughout the day if your job requires prolonged sitting. Just a few examples are 10 squats, 10 triceps dips on a chair, and wall pushups. These are things that can be done at work.