With all of the new research linking sitting too much to health risks and even early death many have begun health regiments to offset the hours they have to spend sitting in an office in front of a computer each day. Unfortunately, health experts are now saying that even if you are getting a good amount of exercise each week - if you are sedentary for hours each day you’re still negatively impacting your heart and circulation.
USA Today reports about the health statement published in the journal Circulation that suggests no amount of physical activity can offset the negative impact hours of sitting can do to your health. Dr. Deborah Rohm Young says in the statement, “Regardless of how much physical activity someone gets, prolonged sedentary time could negatively impact the health of your heart and blood vessels.”
This may sound like a no-win situation to someone who is very active outside of work but must sit for 6 to 8 hours a day in front of a computer. Well, it may be time to rethink how we work or relax at home. If your boss has not invested in standing desks, getting up periodically to stretch and take little walks at work can be beneficial to your circulation. What about having a walking meeting when brainstorming with co-workers?
Instead of watching TV from the couch, why not get up and do little exercises every 20 minutes or so? Even walking around the room is better for you than sitting. House cleaning and pacing while you’re on the phone can help you get things moving at home. Though there is still a lot of research for health experts to do to determine just how much activity will help keep us healthy, there are exercise recommendations outlined from the CDC. 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of rigorous exercise per week will help to maintain your health, but don’t forget to keep things moving at home and work every once in a while.
What do you think of the recent statement that says no matter how much exercise you do, continuing to remain sedentary will still negatively impact your health?
Do you try to limit the amount of time you sit per day?