Sitting Too Much? How to Counteract Negative Effects with Exercise
In this modern age of technology and indoor jobs, we do a lot of sitting. We’ve touched on this issue before and discussed how recent reports are describing too much sitting as the new smoking. Well, the issue has come up again in the news recently, but this time, researchers are giving you some good news. A new study that was published in the scientific journal The Lancet just this month looked at how much exercising you should be doing each day based on how often you’re sitting. Instead of giving a blanket recommendation of 30 minutes per day for at least 5 days a week, these researchers went a step further. Let’s discuss.
Researchers from this study analyzed data from 16 separate research studies. These studies included data from over one million adults over the age of 45 from the United States, Western Europe, and Australia. The researchers compared time spent sitting versus time spent exercising and mortality rates and developed a formula that may be able to counteract the effects of sitting and lead to a healthier life.
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Based on this data, the researchers concluded that if you work a typical desk job and spend around 8 hours sitting each day, you should be exercising (and that’s moderate to intense exercise) for at least one hour every day. If you sit for 6 hours, you should be exercising for at least 30 minutes each day.
The numbers may seem daunting, but here’s the good news. An hour of exercise takes up only 4 percent of your whole day. The other good news is that research also shows that this exercise doesn’t have to take place all at once. If you can’t commit to an hour at a time, you can split your exercise into two half hour sessions or 6 bursts of 10 minutes each. The major goal is to sit less, so anything you can do to get your body moving is a step in the right direction.
July 21, 2016
Lifestyle, General Health, Health Tips