Study Reveals How to Reverse Effects of Sitting

girl on exercise ballThe average American work day is 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. During this eight-hour period, how often are you sitting down at your desk? Chances are, probably almost the entire day. With the exception of lunch, bathroom breaks and walking over to a colleague’s cubicle, many of us are glued to our desks.

Recent health reports claim that sitting for long periods of time put us at risk for developing serious, life-threatening diseases. In a previous blog post, we offered tips on how to incorporate exercise at work. In late July, a new study revealed a proven way to reverse the negative effects of sitting all day. What’s the secret?

Ratio of Sitting to Exercise

Sports medicine researchers at the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences conducted a massive study of approximately one million individuals age 45 and older across the world. They performed 16 different studies and came to the conclusion that we should be exercising one hour for every eight hours sitting a day. The typical 9 – 5 worker saw a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer.

What Kind of Exercise Is Best?

The researchers did not find that any one type of exercise was best for helping to reduce these risks. In fact, lead researcher Ulf Ekelund suggested that any kind of physical activity that totals one hour a day is a step in the right direction. Whether it be brisk walking or a serene bike ride, something is better than nothing.

Ekelund further hypothesized that the exercise does not have to be highly intensive and that the hour can be spread throughout the day. As outlined in our previous blog, there are many ways to get small bursts of physical activity in while at work. Start simple by:

  • Taking the stairs
  • Walking around the office whenever you have the chance
  • Standing during meetings
  • Doing leg raises under your desk

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