If you have a desk job or sedentary lifestyle outside of the gym, you may be jeopardizing not only your weight loss/fitness goals, but also your health. For many people, sitting at a desk all day or collapsing on the couch at the end of a long day, are the norm. However these habits could be putting not only your waistband but your health at risk. People who are too sedentary, even if they do exercise frequently, are more likely to develop heart disease, cancer and diabetes, a new report says. Sedentary time and exercise time are two distinct factors when it comes to health. Just because one does their 30 to 60 minutes of exercise per day doesn’t ensure their good
health and fitness. In short, we need to move more and sit less throughout the day regardless of your Fitness Training.
Researchers recently analyzed 47 studies that tracked groups of people as they reported roughly how much time they spent sitting around and not expending much energy, as well as how often they exercised. The findings… People who were the most sedentary were more likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, breast, colon, ovarian and other cancers, and cardiovascular disease than people who spent less time sitting. Regardless of physical activity level, prolonged sedentary time was independently associated with bad health outcomes.
It’s important to stay in motion. There are some very simple things we do to increase movement, burn calories and stay healthy. Every half hour get up for 2-3 minutes. This will equal nearly less than an hour of sitting each day! Additionally standing burns twice as many calories as sitting. You can stand during commercial breaks while watching TV, during conversations with
co-workers or during the last 15 minutes of your child’s sporting events. These strategies do not replace daily exercise but they will help decrease sitting.
“The body was made to move and it craves physical activity,” said Noelle Lusardi, certified fitness trainer at Step Ahead Wellness Center, Far Hills, NJ. “This is one craving I encourage everyone to give in to!” Wearing a pedometer and participating in the 10,000 Steps Program per day is a great way to calculate your movement and to keep you “on your toes” instead of in your chair. Move your body = be healthy/fit.
Interested in a more sophisticated activity tracker? We at Step Ahead recommend any of the Fit Bit models!
Dr. Deborah Neiman MD, Sari Greaves, RDN & Noelle Lusardi, CPT
49 U.S. Highway 202 Far Hills, NJ 07931 908-470-2235